01 Sep '12, 3am

Framework needed for neighbourly conduct: SINGAPORE — As no satisfactory legal solution exists currently to dea...

Framework needed for neighbourly conduct: SINGAPORE — As no satisfactory legal solution exists currently to dea...

Screenshot of Singapore Law and Foreign Affairs minister K Shanmugam's Facebook page. SINGAPORE, Sept 1 — As no satisfactory legal solution exists currently to deal with social nuisances that affect one's neighbours, new ways of dealing with such conduct should be considered, said Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday. In a Facebook post, Mr Shanmugam spoke of a recurrent issue, when what is done in one Housing Board flat - such as singing and drumming while others are asleep - has an impact on others. "Most of such conduct is social nuisance, but not criminal, and there is not much the police can do," he wrote. The police can only take action if it is criminal conduct, while residents turning to the civil courts "is not really feasible either", he noted. "We probably need a legal framework, which sets out what we should avoid doing, when we live close to...

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