I’m now having coffee at Mayflower coffee shop of Blk 59 New Upper Changi Rd, opposite the hawker centre. It’s about 1.00 am and there are still people drinking beer here. I’ve just finished work and dropped by for some coffee.
I notice that the concrete shelter between this coffee shop and the hawker centre is unusually quiet. No one sleeping on the stone benches like before. There is not even a single soul in the dead silent night. It’s quite strange. For the benefit those readers who are not aware, I blogged recently about the plight of homeless sleeping there.
Out of curiosity, I walked to the concrete shelter to take a closer look. Lo and behold, all the stone benches are now fitted with solid chrome metal bars or barriers. With the chrome metal bar stuck in the middle of the stone bench, no one could sleep there anymore. One could only sit there now.
I returned to my table and asked around. Only last week, the contractor suddenly came to fix those chrome barriers on all the stone benches at the concrete shelter. I wonder where have all the homeless gone to? I used to see quite a few of them sleeping there. It was a common sight. They must have gone elsewhere. But where? They just can’t simply vanish into the thin air? Really langgar!
When I blogged about the homeless there, I was quite worried that this might happen. Whenever we bring up some problem or issue, instead of solving them – they just conveniently come out with a “killer solution” like fixing the metal barriers on the stone benches to prevent the homeless from sleeping there.
I was blamed by others for blogging about the homeless there. Indirectly, I “sabo” the homeless by depriving them a place to sleep. Not only I did not help them but brought pain and hardship to them. Have they solved or pushed away the homeless problem? Did I help them or cause them more headache? I don’t know. What do you think?
Did I commit a grave sin by highlighting the plight of the homeless there? Now I’m cursed by those homeless wretches. I feel bad now. I’m sadden by such “simple solution.” Another ingenious solution to solve our homeless sleeping in public places? Just like solving the night parking problem in HDB car parks by increasing night parking charges from $2.00 to $4.00? They are so fast and super efficient in solving the problems raised by concerned citizens.
Simple solution to complex problem indeed!
But this guy is even more creative. He overcomes the chrome metal bar using a chair to rest his legs, occupying half of the stone bench. May be the others will learn from him. It will be interesting to see how they are going to deal with them.