Friday, January 7, 2011
The End Of Free Parking Is Near
Already anger is simmering over the HDB "experiment" to do away with free parking on Sundays. Free parking on Sundays and public holidays was first mooted in 1985 to encourage Singaporeans who have set up their own households to visit their parents and grandparents, since extended families are difficult to accommodate in high-rise pigeon holes. At least once a week, the senior citizens get to enjoy quality time with their children and grandchildren. Before they get shipped off to nursing homes in Batam, Bintang and Johore. Of course this Asian trait of filial piety has to be totally alien to the Ang Moh. To reinforce the issue, China is now drafting a law to let the elderly sue children who fail to drop by. The proposed legal amendment comes amid reports of growing numbers of "empty nesters" in China as its population ages.
What is really inexplicable is that grassroots leaders reportedly first asked for the removal of free parking at carparks near the Serangoon Nex shopping mall. Even before before the mall opened in November. The garish red signs declaring implementation of the new revenue collecting exercise are slowly being introduced at carparks across the island, carparks that are not in the vicinity of any shopping mall - and endangering the survival of kopitiams and HDB businesses. Are they trying to be useful, helping their political masters to finance the "budget goodies" planned for the imminent elections? Expect hordes of tongkatted grandmas insisting on being wheel-chaired to the polling stations.