Your problem. Their problem.

Your problem. Their problem.
Mr Varatharaja Nadarajan and Mr Bernard Chiang help maintain communal harmony.

SINGAPORE - As MPs in Parliament debate measures to help end disputes, we take a look at how disputes start, who can help and what tools will be needed.


What do everyday items like curries, flower pots, music, children running, incense and even alarm clocks have in common?

All seemingly innocuous, they became a spark for neighbour disputes.

Mr Alex Yam (Chua Chu Kang GRC) cited an example: Two men were neighbours for 15 years.

For 13 years, they feuded.

They had a border, a pencil line drawn on the wall that the other breached at his own peril.

It was "the de facto no man's land that no orchid or hydrangea should ever cross", Mr Yam recalled during the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth's Budget debate yesterday.

Both men also called each other "names too flowery for parliamentary decorum".

Miraculously, the bad blood ended after volunteers formally introduced the men to each other and they made up.

Said Mr Yam: "Now, there's peace, there's embarrassment too, but largely peace."

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