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Community unity or public nuisance? Debate ignites over outdoor decorations in Yew Tee

Following a complaint, a Yew Tee resident was instructed by the Town Council to relocate furnitures placed a void deck.

This triggered an online debate: critics condemn the neglect of public space, while others embrace the invoked “Kampong Spirits” and social bonds it fosters.



SINGAPORE: A Yew Tee resident received advice from the Town Council to relocate their outdoor furniture, swing, and Christmas decorations following a complaint.

The Singaporean media outlet, Stomp, reported that a contributor named Kieren shared images on the platform, depicting various items, including two plain Christmas trees, positioned in an area adjacent to the carpark at Block 661, Choa Chu Kang Crescent, on 26 July.

Kieren observed a ground-floor resident placing an array of items outside their flat, such as chairs, doormats, potted plants, a bench, a table, and even a swing.

She claimed that this obstructed the communal public space, prompting her to characterize it as a “selfish and inconsiderate act”.

In response to the situation, the town council advised the resident to clear the items within the next two weeks.

However, during a subsequent visit, it was discovered that the items were still present, albeit slightly rearranged. There was even added extra furniture, including a large umbrella and a toy monkey.

This occurrence has ignited a debate among internet users. Some expressed frustration at the perceived disregard for public spaces, while others embraced it due to the sense of “Kampong Spirits” it invokes.

When commenting on Stomp’s Facebook post, some netizens opined The void deck is a public space, and allowing this practice would establish a precedent for residents from other blocks and estates to similarly place furniture in the void deck.

Fostering social bonds within the community

However, there exists a significant number of individuals who view the situation differently and endorse it, highlighting the positive impact it has on fostering social bonds within the community.

One netizen shared that she has a ground-floor neighbor who has placed a sizable wooden swing outside her home. This swing frequently serves as a source of entertainment for mothers with children, elderly individuals engaging in conversations, and even cats finding a cozy spot for napping.

Another comment highlighted the positive aspects of such a setting, describing it as an ideal place for older folks to come together and engage in casual conversations.


Love the ‘Kampung Spirit’

One netizen expressed his appreciation for the “Kampong spirit,” emphasizing that he find it appealing as long as it maintains cleanliness and safety.

Another individual echoed the same sentiment, underscoring that since the space is meant for communal use and is shared by the entire community, questioned the need for complaints and why not just enjoy the shared facilities.

Netizens say the setting deemed acceptable as long as doesn’t obstruct the walking pathway

A comment suggesting that as long as the setup doesn’t obstruct the walking pathway, it should be deemed acceptable.

The netizen recounted a similar experience where their own HDB level 1 area was adorned with tables, chairs, and potted plants.

“I thought that is heartwarming to see n it doesn’t affect me as it doesn’t block my path n also no one complains.”

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