Break the ice between neighbours

Last Thursday's article ("Getting help when neighbours lock horns") highlights a growing social problem in Singapore, where more residents are turning to the authorities to resolve disputes.

This is unnecessary and a waste of time and human resources.

There should be more emphasis on educating residents on how to live harmoniously and graciously with one another.

Positive traits like friendliness, consideration, tolerance and understanding are vital.

The lack of personal interaction with one's neighbours and a sense of indifference are among the reasons for unnecessary conflicts between neighbours.

How many residents make time and effort to get to know their neighbours?

It would be better ifcommunal issues arising between neighbours could be resolved through face-to-face communication, rather than through a mediator.

Grassroots and other community leaders could help break the ice among residents, perhaps by initiating monthly social interactions, two to three households at a time.

A neighbourly network could be established, whereby neighbours help one another in times of simple need.

Ada Chan Siew Foen (Ms)

This article was first published on May 11, 2015.
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