Forum: Poor decision to close Chinatown overhead bridges on eve of CNY

Crowds in Chinatown in a photo taken on Jan 4, 2020.
Crowds in Chinatown in a photo taken on Jan 4, 2020.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The police closed two overhead bridges in Eu Tong Sen Street and North Bridge Road on Chinese New Year's Eve, causing a lot of inconvenience to pedestrians.

A policeman told me that the closure was needed to prevent a repeat of past incidents where objects were thrown from the bridges.

This was a rather lopsided decision that solved an issue at the expense of the convenience of hundreds, if not thousands, of pedestrians.

While security is paramount, the police could have simply deployed officers to patrol the overhead bridges.

I hope the police will not resort to solutions that do not take into consideration the inconvenience that can be caused to the majority of law-abiding citizens, who would be penalised for the misbehaviour of a few.

Lim Teck Choow

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2020, with the headline 'Poor decision to close Chinatown overhead bridges on eve of CNY'. Print Edition | Subscribe