7 things I hate about you: A man lists complaints about living in Punggol

For many couples and young families, scoring a Build-To-Order (BTO) apartment these days is akin to hitting 4D.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for one man, who seems more than happy to leave his Punggol BTO apartment after five years.

The man, surnamed Wong, wrote a lengthy Facebook post last Thursday (October 6) sharing seven reasons he didn’t like the Punggol estate.

“Finally get out of Punggol,” Wong wrote, before delving into the many issues he had with the neighborhood.

Some of these complaints ranged from location-related issues, such as “Pasir Gudang’s smell” and “planes flying up and down every day” – to issues with his estate, including the “depressing dark basement parking lots” and “depressing young neighbors”.

Speaking to Shin Min Daily News about his position, the 41-year-old said he previously stayed in Jurong East and Sengkang before moving to Punggol.

“We wanted to move after two or three years, but we had not reached the minimum occupancy period. This year, we can finally leave Punggol. We moved to Bukit Timah in May and the quality of our lives has improved. improved,” Wong said. Chinese daily.

He did not say whether he had moved into an HDB flat or a private property in Bukit Timah.

Wong’s post has since drawn more than 300 comments from netizens, some of whom have come out to defend the field and its shortcomings.

A Punggol resident, who claims to have lived in the area for 20 years disagreed with Wong, saying Punggol was “a very nice place to stay”.

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Another resident, who moved to Punggol from Sengkang, remarked that he had so far encountered no problems with life on the estate, even going so far as to say that “life is better in Punggol”. .

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Conversely, others agreed with Wong and raised their own complaints. It was felt that the Punggol apartments were “somehow designed to be blown by the eastern sun [and] West”.

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Asked about the comments he received on his post, Wong brushed it off, acknowledging that everyone is entitled to their own perspective.

However, he maintained that these were the issues he faced and therefore chose to move elsewhere.

Shin Min also spoke with some residents of Punggol, who felt that Wong’s remarks were rather exaggerated.

A resident who has lived in Punggol for a decade thought Wong’s post was a one-way street.

The resident, surnamed Sheng, said he, too, had been affected by the loud sounds of planes taking off, but had yet to experience the other problems mentioned by Wong.

“Seletar airport will eventually be moved, so the situation should improve. Other roads are also opening up, so I think the traffic will also be smoother,” the 29-year-old said.

Another resident by the name of Guo, who has lived in Punggol for four years, said, “It is true that there is a smell of Pasir Gudang, but it only happens once every two months, not every day”.

In 1996, the master plan for Punggol 21 was unveiled by former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong with the vision to develop Punggol 21 as a “21st century waterfront city”.

Then, in 2007, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that Punggol would be selected as one of the pilot cities under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) program, to transform Punggol into a riverside city.

The ROH program was launched as a comprehensive rejuvenation plan to renew and further develop existing HDB cities and estates.

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