Poor social mixing with separate public, private estates

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung mentioned that "there has been a perceptible reduction in social mixing in recent years" (Ong Ye Kung flags stratification 'poison'; May 16).

One contributor to this, I believe, is the practice of demolishing HDB blocks and replacing them with condominiums.

One stark example can be seen in the vicinity of Redhill MRT station.

Once, HDB blocks flanked the station on both sides. But, over time, the blocks on one side disappeared, and now, four new condos (with another under construction) stand there.

I think it is safe to say that the social mixing of residents in this area is not very strong.

In fact, the MRT station stands as a clear dividing line between classes in this case.

I hope the Government stops this practice or, at least, has a better plan to mix public and private estates.

Wong Kok Wai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'Poor social mixing with separate public, private estates'. Print Edition | Subscribe