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As much as I think the trinity of issue been overblown, I still think both side still need to bear blame for it to a certain extent. I don’t think HDB is as spotless and as upfront as it claims to be and likewise, I don’t think the owners are valid when they say they are hoodwinked into this whole issue (seriously?!).

Disclaimer: Before any self-righteous Singapore come and start to say I eat more salt than you eat rice and so therefore my views trumps your view, I stay directly behind a chinese temple for 22 years. You may have more years staying near a temple, but I am still qualified to say what I want. (TL:DR, up your a**)

Before we start the whole thing, let me share how is it like to spend 22 years behind a chinese temple. The chinese temple infront of me is actually a combination of 13 other temples. So, I can say, I pretty much will have a busy temple to contend with.

I pretty much have on average 1 歌台(getai) every other month excluding the 7th month of the lunar calendar when the 歌台 hit pass the roof. Beside, I will without a doubt have religious events every Saturday or Sunday with all the gongs and music.

And surprise, do you know the temple behind me also house an ancestor tablet hall? For the non-Chinese, ancestor tablet hall is also same as columbarium less the urns. We face the same incense, paper money and excess traffic as a columbarium.

A few things which future owner of houses nearby can start to take note and get used to. This is very useful because it has been battle proven for 22 years.

  1. Your house is going to get dusty. Real fucking dusty. You think that sparkling crystal vase is going to be the centrepiece of your living room? Think again. It will attract so much dust that you will keep it in your storeroom or sell on carousell after a few years. The dust is actually ashes from the burnt paper money and incense.
  2. It will be noisy. Oh, trust me, if you think the minah singing at the malay wedding is bad, think how a 歌台 screaming till 2230hrs going to sound like. And btw, 歌台 can legally scream till 2230hrs. Good luck if you’re feeling unwell and need an early rest.
  3. With 歌台 comes the banquet, the organisers will be washing plates and clearing food within the temple. If you didn’t know, rats and scrap food are inseparable partners.

But not all is bad.bFor all naysayer about how it will bring down resale value.

Recently like 2 months ago, one of the units in my block was sold for $680,000 for a 5 room flat. You come and tell me where else outside core area can command this kind of price?

Now come to the main part which I think both party deserved each other. The tenants (yea, I am referring to you “owners”) and HDB both really deserve each other.

Dear tenants aka owner(s),
Those who complain about:

My resale value is going to go down… Re-read what I have posted above regarding resale prices and seriously, if you only have one property, you shouldn’t be speculating and hedging your retirement on your house equity. Plus, HDB house is meant for you to have a roof over your head so you can fuck and have kids for the state.

But this thinking of yours is also not entirely your fault. I’ll explain when I come to the govt part later.

For those who complained that it will generate a lot of traffic, dust, negative energy, extra other world neighbours etc etc…

This one I got to side HDB. They clearly listed there that there will be a temple and yet you still ballot for it. Its like I tell you the river got crocodiles and you still go swim and kenna bitten by crocodiles and you come and blame me. Absurd right? You should do your due diligence when you’re going to commit potentially 30 years of your life to it. I mean fucking do your due diligence. I am at that age where friends are getting BTO and rarely do I see people going to the actual ground to walk and see. They just rely on the site map and whether got good school nearby. Tell me, how many go BTO got see the URA master plan? Now to HDB/URA/the other side…

Dear HDB/URA/the other side,
I pity you and I also see you no up. Pity you because you have to deal with unreasonable owners who do not do their due diligence and yet still blaming you. At the same time, I see you no up when you bungled this whole thing up.

Firstly, you while i think is not wrong to put the ancillary purpose in the brochure, maybe it’s not that ethical like what other residents pointed out, the word ancillary is a very vague term. Good for you because you have more leeway, trust me, I also encounter this trick during when when I interact with govt bodies. For some reason, people I deal with in the public sector like to use such vague terms so they can weasel their way out in the future if the situation turn against them.

I at the same time pity you because HDB is stuck between a rock and a hard place. All thanks to GCT and his asset enhancement bullshit. The myth where housing price can only get higher and higher. And using your house as a retirement fund. Once the tenants have this mentality, NIMBY start to rear its fucking ugly head. It is human nature after all.

However, I do not understand how URA/HDB/whoever else can allot a private company to compete in the same pool as charity/religious org. It does’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who have a deeper pocket and what the outcome will be. This is called shooting yourself in your foot.

I think HDB/URA would reduce the fallout if the winner of the bid is a charity/religious organisation. Like reduce a lot. The fact that it is a private company developing the cheese temple just show the temple is for show, and the money making stuff is in the columrbarium. Because, if it is otherwise, I believe the shareholder is going to beat some sense into the management of Eternal Pure.

You don’t believe me? Go to Jurong West and see CHC. Go ask CHC neighbours, they are all ok despite the heavy crowds on worship days, because CHC is a religious/not-for-profit. (Disclaimer: Doesn’t mean I support what Kong Hee does. That one he answer to his own God.)

Lastly, best for the last.

Dear MP,

I think you really have no idea. Maybe before you enter the discussion, you already envisioned the resident to be unreasonable.

I said this because, look at where you sit and look at how you talk. You sit with the developer, URA and HDB facing the residents. Shouldn’t you sit with the residents, take command and direct the question to the relevant parties? After all, you are their elected representative. You lost your initiative when you just sit down there fending the residents question. If I were to view the videos on youtube, it would seem like you are HDB/URA/Eternal Pure spokesperson and the lady asking the question to be the MP.

You just show you cannot mobilise a few blocks of residents and letting others seize the initiative. Come the next election, you still dare to ask for people in Sengkang to trust you? I don’t know man, Singaporeans are BDSM people. they like getting f**ked by govt, maybe they will vote you back for more reaming.

I think you maybe have no idea how to be a MP. Maybe you calculated and you felt you could lose fernvale support and yet win the next election. Maybe you know your SMC is going to be diced up and absorbed into the neighbouring GRCs. Or maybe you just can’t be bothered. After all, I am pretty sure, I wouldn’t find you staying anywhere near fernvale or that columbarium for that matter.

But I also pity you. It’s hard dealing with all these unreasonable Singaporeans.

But just like no point crying over spilled milk right? HDB and URA said they will ensure the temple will be well integrated with Fernvale. Just like how the 2 integrated resort will be well integrated with Singapore economy…

Which begs the question, why bother conjuring out a meeting with the residents at all in the first place?


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