Yesterday was the opportunity for them to air their grievances to the local authorities and to the office of the project manager. And so they did exactly that. They came in ready to fire their bullets, maybe, with the hope that the office of the local authorities, project manager and the owner of the project will let down and `surrender’ the project/stop work altogether and cancel the project, leaving their serene high class neigbourhood the way it should be, and not be spoilt by projects that will bring down the standard of their neighbourhood.
You see, the project that they are so against, or have been complaining about so much, is a project for the poor, for the disadvantaged, for the left fortunate, for the people who others no longer want. It is a half-way house for the old folks, abused children and young girls. It is their (the disadvantaged people) last place in a hope for them to find love. It is their last place for them before they die. It is not a project where high class condos or huge bungalows will be built, instead, the highest structure is only 4 storeys high, in the form of a dormitory, but which will be fully handicapped accessible. It is just a place to wait until it is ‘time to go’. It is a project where no one wants to be your neighbour.
This group of people listed down complains after complains, of which the office of the project manager and the owner, fortunately, were able to answer, as every complain that was put forth were either already been taken care of/looked into, or were in the midst of being taken care of.
When almost all the complains that they put forth could no longer be considered relevant, and they could no longer come up with any more complains against the existence of the project, they started `whining’ and sounding like spoilt rich people who only cares about themselves.
They complain that the project is making them lose sleep because of work going on at night (there is no work going on at night at this project site. The contractor has been instructed not to do any kind of work that is noisy at night).
They complain that there has been a lot of banging at night. It disturbs their beauty sleep. This project has not reached the stage where it needs to do a lot of banging, especially at night. It has not started any piling work yet that needs to be done 24 hours. Work stops at 5.00pm each day.
Whatever noise that they are probably hearing must be coming from the two other projects nearby. Why not complain against the other two projects? Could it be because the other two projects are to build more high cost condominiums and huge bungalows, and, maybe, in their rich heads, projects of this nature can make as much noise as they can because they are meant for the rich and famous?
This project (to build condos and bungalows) will further make their neighbourhood more elite and will push further the price of their condos. But, projects for the poor are not allowed to make noise. It is a sin to make noise when you are poor. Projects for the poor will only bring down the price of their condos. Project for the poor is an eye sore to their eyes which can only see beautiful things.
They complain that since the construction started, the roads are now dusty and dirty. When in actually fact, the roads were already dusty and dirty when the project started some 5 months ago, due to lorries from the other two projects that have been plying the roads for the past 1 year. Why complain now, when a project for the poor are just about to be constructed? Because it is a project for the poor and disadvantaged, and so, they are not allowed to create dusts.
Which project does not emit dust and dirt? But the office of the project manager has closely monitored the project to ensure that dust and dirt are kept to a minimum, but, it can only do so much. The rest of the dust and dirt comes from the other two projects. Why complain about this project alone, but not the other two? Why the double standard?
When their condos were being built, it was also emitting dust, dirt and noise pollution, and probably was also disturbing the residents of the existing condos, but, NO, because their condos are elite and posh, they are allowed to emit as mush noise, dirt and dust, because they are for the rich and famous, or so they seem to think
Did they care that the construction of their condos some years ago was also disturbing the peace and quiet of the residents of the existing halfway house then? As if they care! The poor can be disturbed. They pay no taxes. They don’t deserve to have peace and quiet. But, they, the rich people, they pay taxes, they bring in the money into the country, and so, they deserved to be treated like kings and queens. They deserve to have some peace and quiet at night so that they can have their beauty sleep in order for them to wake up fresh the next day to make more money for the country!
What do the poor do, but to create nuisance to the country, that must be what is in their rich heads! I am fed up of people with this kind of attitude. They only think of themselves. They have no heart. They say that they are not opposed to charity, and willingly donate, but, whenever they want to do any charity work, they call the media. The whole world must know that they are giving to charity. Is that how charity works?
People like this make me sick in the heart. It troubles me that we have people who only cares about themselves, and their rich kinds. I felt troubled all day after the meeting yesterday. I felt restless and initially couldn’t figure out why I felt that way. Even when I woke up this morning, I was still feeling sick in the heart, and find it hard to believe that such people exist, and so happen that I even know two of them very closely. One was my former classmate, and the other, a former senior officer at my department.
What is becoming to our so called CARING SOCIETY? It is only something you watch on TV, but, in reality, they are nothing more than spoilt rich people who only care about themselves? *sigh*
Please, before people think that I am generalizing the rich as the same as this group of people, please know that I am not. I have met many other nice rich people who genuinely cares for the poor, the disadvantaged and the less fortunate, but this group of heartless people I met yesterday just simply got to me and made me sick all day……..