Monday, January 22, 2007

Should cats be banned in HDB estates? Tune in today

I've just been told that this is the topic to be discussed on NewsRadio 93.8 at 5:10 - 5:45 pm today on the programme "For and Against".

Apparently, there seems to be discussion about whether HDB should start decentralising their powers and allowing people to run their own estates. In that case, one suggestion was apparently that if people do not like cats in their estate, then they should be allowed to get rid of them.

Do call 6691 1938 if you have any thoughts on this and do tune in.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

very bad idea to decentralise. Frankly at present moment cats are banned in HDB but HDB does not actively enforce the rule. If they really did with anti cat patrols etc or whatever dumb idea one can think of, they would be busy serving warning letters, catching cats etc.

However if you let the residents do it... There is the possibility of committees formed by over zealous residents that want to show that they got the clout and power. Result? No longer a need to consult TC, I believe things will worsen.

Frankly cat lovers are a minority and cat feeders are seen as weird and social outcasts in many instances. Normally they are older aged females who may not be asked at all to be involved in the committees that will be formed. And knowing some residents that want to be the one shaking hands with MPs to show how "good" they are, they might just get really overboard.

22/1/07 11:56 PM  
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23/1/07 2:28 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I think the question is HOW these issues are to be decided. It may not be a bad idea to decentralise if residents truly are given the power, but how will it be done?

It's possible for example that caregivers set up a management committee for community cats for example and they're in charge of cat issues. This might be similar to how some condominiums run for example. It might also mean for example that TCs don't do the trapping and decide when to step in which again may or may not be a good thing - the residents may have to decide, but may also have to pay for it. For example, every time you trap the cats, the committee may have to find funds to pay for it and this might actually reduce trapping.

However as you said, who decides? More details are definitely needed to see how the details of this would work out.

Surely it's not possible to vote on every single issue - what colour the block is , whether we want a new fan in the void deck, whether we should have block cleaning more or less times a week. So how it is to be implemented in a fair manner to ensure everyone is heard?

23/1/07 2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most likely knowing the govt, what they meant by decentralisation means the RC which which is linked to the govt will decide. They are not going to let external groups be formed to decide anything. It is seen as possible avenue for subversion. Decentralisation will make it worse

23/1/07 11:31 AM  

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