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Good neighbourliness key to managing community disputes: Survey

Published on Jun 12, 2014 12:24 PM
Children enjoying the playground facilities at Dawson Estate in Queenstown. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - There was a "strong consensus" on the need to cultivate good neighbourliness among nearly 100 respondents in a public consultation, said the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth on Thursday.

Suggestions to promote good neighbourly ties include having mobile hawker centres and shopping opportunities - in the form, for example, of food stalls and shops on pushcarts - close to where people; as well as involving neighbourhood committees to help residents move into their new homes.

Respondents in the six-week-long consultation on managing community disputes largely support informal mediation by grassroots leaders and formal mediation by the Community Mediation Centre to help resolve disputes, the ministry said. But a few said the latter was not always effective, especially as parties could decline to show up, and expressed concern that mandatory mediation may be abused by vindictive neighbours.

There was strong support for adjudication by a tribunal as a last resort, when all other efforts had failed. A number of respondents also called for government agencies to enforce rules against repeated anti-social behaviour by neighbours.

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