Wednesday, 22 July 2015

SG Buildings Crumbling Down Parody

Elderly man sings about S'pore's 'crumbling buildings' in witty video

A witty video featuring an elderly man pointing out Singapore's building defects has emerged on YouTube.

In the clip, the man adapts the lyrics of popular children's nursery rhyme "London Bridge Is Falling Down" to emphasise the point of Singapore's "crumbling buildings".

At the start of the video, the man is seen standing outside Jem, which made headlines in 2013 when a leaking water pipe caused the mall's ceiling to collapse, injuring 3.

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Plaster slab falls from 18th storey of HDB block
The broken bits from the slab of plaster that fell off the facade of Block 464, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (above), early on Sunday morning were found on the ground.PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A slab of plaster fell off the facade of an HDB block on Sunday, from a height of 18 storeys.

Residents of Block 464, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, said it was fortunate no one was hurt, as the walkway below is a popular one.

The piece of plaster, which broke on impact, was about 1.5m by 0.6m, or the size of a large bath towel. The area has been cordoned off by the Chua Chu Kang Town Council.

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Debris Danger! 16th Storey HDB Flat Wall Breaks Apart, Residents Alarmed and Worried

“What the hell” and “KNN” probably rolled off the tongues of some Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 residents yesterday morning, as they found broken-off concrete blocks littering the pathways near block 464.

Looking up, they discovered that the blocks were part of the building wall which broke off from the 16th floor! The big break likely took place in the wee hours of morning.

According to one resident, he had sent his daughter home at around 2am and didn’t find any debris on the ground, but to his horror, the concrete blocks were there at 7am when he went downstairs.

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Second concrete chunk falls off ceiling of HDB block this week-- this time at Hougang

STOMPer David was shocked to see a large chunk of plaster that fell from the 9th floor ceiling of a HDB block at Hougang Avenue. He hopes the relevant authorities can look into maintaining the building and the ones in the older estates.

This is the second of such incidents reported this week, with the first taking place at Choa Chu Kang on Sunday (Nov 11). Said STOMPer David:
"A concrete slab fell off the 9th floor ceiling of block 601, Hougang Avenue at around 10 am today (Nov 15). I did not witness the exact moment when the slab fell off. I must have missed it by 10 to 15 minutes. Thank God no one was hurt! Can the authorities look into not only our building but the ones in the older estates? It must have happened due to the rain and perhaps stagnant water accumulating on the rooftop of our flats."
Picture 1 to 6 of the gallery show the chunk of plaster that fell off the HDB ceiling at Hougang, while the other two pictures are of the incident at Choa Chu Kang.

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Plaster chunk falling from ceiling at this stairwell could have hit someone

A chunk of ceiling fell onto the floor of this stairwell at Block 122 Ang Mo Kio yesterday (Mar 8).

The piece had broken off at about 6pm, according to Stomper Cherubean.

The Stomper wrote:
​"HDB ceiling collapsed at Ang Mo Kio Block 122 this evening. Concrete fell off, exposing the rebar of the ceiling structure. The impact was so great that the concrete was smashed to pieces when it hit the ground of the staircase. Thankfully, no one was using the stairs when the incident took place."
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Another 17 Fallen Window Cases Due to HDB-Installed Rivets Corroding
There have been 17 cases of fallen windows in the first 5 months of 2015

The reason for most cases? Corrosion of aluminium rivets installed by the HDB in flats.

Owners have been ordered since 2004 to replace these rivets with steel ones, but apparently some have still dallied in replacing them.

Those who fail to do so can be fined up to S$5,000 and/or sentenced to up to six months in jail.

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Pungent in Punggol as new HDB flat is flooded with faecal matter
MESS: Madam Fadilah’s newly renovated flat covered in waste matter

Their brand new HDB flat was turned into faecal swamp over the weekend, after contents from a toilet pipe flooded the unit.

Madam Fadilah, 31, a saleswoman, was going to move into her newly renovated Build-To-Order flat in Punggol some time this month.

But on Monday, the family received a call from a neighbour, telling them that faecal matter was flowing out of their flat's front door

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Jinx @ JEM
Pregnant woman drenched with black-coloured water in Jem restaurant

Patrons in a restaurant at Jem shopping mall were drenched after a water pipe in the ceiling burst, releasing a torrent of black-coloured water.

The incident occurred at around 8.45pm yesterday, Jun 4.

A woman, Sandra, who was dining at the restaurant sent photos and an account of the incident to citizen journalism website Stomp.

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Why is everything breaking down in Singapore?

WHAT in the world is happening to my country? Not a week passes without something that busts, bursts, cracks or crashes. And that’s just using the first few words I could find in the Thesaurus to go with “break”. I have the not-altogether-incorrect impression that Singapore is breaking down, breaking up and breaking apart at the seams. The litany of woes is not about to take a break any time soon. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

Again, I ask: What in the world is happening to my country? I have a theory. You may not agree with me but, if you indulge an old man his thoughts, hear me out. It has to do with a fishball stick. Not just any ordinary fishball stick but one with an extraordinary historical significance because it was mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally in 2014.

It was a fishball stick carelessly thrown on the pavement near Bukit Gombak MRT which a resident had complained about. It was a fishball stick that wasn’t cleared by anyone for a couple of days. It was a fishball stick that had set off meetings between several government agencies as to whose responsibility it was. If you want a metaphor of what’s wrong with this country, that’s it.

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Spate of Escalator accidents
Spate of lift accidents
Why is everything breaking down in Singapore?
SG Buildings Crumbling Down Parody
HDB Lift ceiling collapsed upon 10-yr-old girl
Elevator and Train Operate With 'Open Doors'
BTO Blues
The woes of DBSS residents
Planning For Singapore’s Future
Tweaks in Our SG Housing
Further steps to cool Singapore property market
Housing Woes
Our Sg Public Housing
Our Sg Properties
Affordable Housing
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