Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Speaking of complaints

One of the RCs just sent a list of complaints that residents made during a walkabout. Two were from neighbours about 'cat feeding'. I spoke with one of the complainants though and it turns out the main issue was cat defecation and she did NOT want the cats removed.

What was interesting though was what people complained about. Some people had more than one complaint. Some of the more interesting complaints - children playing football in the void deck opposite, that someone in a different block had a pot of plants in the corridor, but my personal favourite was - that the neighbours make too much noise when they open their door. I wonder what can be done about that. Gagging the neighbours? Ensuring their door always remains closed?

So it really isn't just strange complaints about cats - it's complaints about everything!


Blogger ck said...

Equally interesting is how the RC deals with these kind of complaints - particularly the one about the neighbor making too much noise opening their door.

31/7/07 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone cannot take other people living in such close proximity, then they shd not live in Singapore. If you have to live in a hdb flat in Singapore - you have to be able to get along with others and adapt. You cannot expect others to adjust to your low-level of tolerance to anything that is not to yr liking.
Make unreasonable complaining an anti-sociable behaviour.

31/7/07 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, it shd be "anti-social".
Constructive suggestions shd be encouraged, not complaints.

31/7/07 6:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

True - there is a certain level of tolerance necessay to live anywhere and especially in very crowded Singapore.

1/8/07 12:54 AM  
Anonymous No patience said...

Should make silencer doors since HDB flats are too close to one another.

We do not have real issues, just selfish and grumpy.
My back neighbour complained about me to AVA and Environment because I just built an outdoor enclosure for my 7 cats. He asked to go count the fur on his ( muddy ) pond.

1/8/07 1:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

no patience - that would be funny if it didn't happen to you I guess!

1/8/07 6:35 AM  
Anonymous belle said...

no patience - your cats are very lucky to have an outdoor enclosure in a backyard ! unlike HDB pets who get cooped up in the flat ...

but what an unreasonable neighbour u have ! anything can be blown into his pond - leaves, grass, sand, pigeon droppings etc ... how abt introducing your this neighbour to the RC guy who complains cats scratch his car ? they deserve each other - either they become firm allies, or they scratch each other's eyes out ... (since they are both so hostile + intolerant) :-p

to all - i think the complainant means - it gets noisy when his neighbours' door is open, ie. the neighbours should close their door ... HDB units are located very near to one another, so if your neighbour leaves his front door open - music, tv, sounds coming from his flat will disturb u ...

1/8/07 11:37 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

belle - if that was indeed the issue I think that's what the complainant has said. For example, if your door is open, and there is no tv/radio/etc on, then there's no issue. In addition, quite a few people like to leave the door open for ventilation and that's absolutely their perogative.

The problem than isn't the door - it's the noise level, and that's really very subjective. Precisely because people live next door to each other we need to be tolerant. If the neighbour next door is truly noisy, then they should be aware of that and keep it down. If the neighbour who complained however cannot take anything except absolute quiet, then he or she has to adjust their expectations.

My point is - what can the RC do about it? Get the other party to close their door just because this neighbour doesn't like it? Why doesn't the complainant just go over and ask the neighbour to keep it down a bit?

1/8/07 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some noise is inevitable wherever you live, everyone has to put up with some inconveniences.

If you walk out of your unit, there may be urination, litter, kids playing, flower pots/bicycles blocking half the corridor, vomit on the landing and 1 or 2 sterilised cats. Yes, the cats got the complaints because they are easy targets.

Perhaps it is not about cats being an inconvenience, it is about control - a feeling of "I can get you killed". These ppl have no control over their miserable lives-they take it out on the cats.

1/8/07 1:36 PM  

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