After TOC broke the story of homeless people at Sembawang Park, and after MCYS and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, reportedly visited the grounds, Nparks stepped up their enforcement of campers at the beach.
Judging from the way the homeless and the campers were treated, I think Singaporeans will be warmed to know we have such efficient public servants who are determined to keep our beaches clean of such homeless Singaporeans.
Gahmen has a lot of heart, very take care their people one.
As one commenter said, in Singapore, "if you must die from poverty, die quietly."
From "The behaviour of little Lee Kuan Yews", The Online Citizen:
Over at Changi beach, the homeless were treated just as badly. After the minister of MCYS’s visit, the campers were harassed for days, sometimes two or three times a day by Nparks officers, the campers told us. It is believed that these officers included those from other Nparks branches, such as East Coast, who were roped in to help rid Changi beach of the campers and the homeless, apparently.
The verbal threats by these officers were more blatant as well. “I do not want to see your face [here] anymore,” one lady was told by an Nparks officer. She was there to visit her friends who were fishing. She refused to oblige and has continued to visit Changi beach.
The “rules and regulations” and conditions as laid down by Nparks officers which the campers had to adhere to seem ridiculous at times. The campers were told that they had to be by their tents when Nparks officers come round to conduct their checks – at any time of the day. If they were not by their tents, the officers threatened that all their belongings would be confiscated, including clothings, tents, fishing equipment. If they wanted to retrieve their confiscated belongings, which would include children’s clothings as well, they would have to go to the Nparks office and pay S$300, the campers were told.
(Photo from TOC)