Forum: Speed up ways to tackle difficult neighbours

An Exclusion Order on the front door of a flat directing Madam Iwa and Mr Low Bok Siong to leave their Pending Road residence for a month. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
An Exclusion Order issued by the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal for Mr Daniel See's neighbours to move out of their home.PHOTO: ST FILE

More should be done to make it easier for a complainant to seek recourse against neighbours with anti-social behaviour (Noisy neighbours case: Couple who flout court order risk jail, says MinLaw, Jan 9).

It took two years for Mr Daniel See to obtain an Exclusion Order. For non-compliance with the court order, Mr See would probably have to spend more time navigating the process of filing a Magistrate's Complaint against his neighbours.

Neighbour disputes manifest quickly and should be resolved as soon as possible.

The Ministry of Law should review the Community Disputes Resolution Act to include mechanisms to accelerate the resolution of such disputes.

Two and a half years to resolve a neighbour dispute is too long.

Chan Yong Shin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'Speed up ways to tackle difficult neighbours'. Print Edition | Subscribe