Year 2010 is coming to an end. Let's take a look at the top community news stories that got Queenstown residents commenting and gossiping!
MyQueenstown Team first broke the news of poor businesses and negative community sentiments in Mei Chin market in March. In one of our exclusive interviews with the shop owners in the market area, we noticed that the number of customers patronising the market and surrounding shop houses was pathetic. Subsequent street surveys revealed that Mei Ling and Stirling residents were not keen to visit the market because of a number of reasons. The publishing of the article had attracted the attention of the grassroots and authorities, who conducted monthly "concerts" to attract crowds. However, response remained lukewarm.
After 20 years of constant political blackmailing and dilly-dallying, the historic bilateral deal to jointly develop the KTM land was concluded by leaders of Malaysia and Singapore in June. It was a monumental decision that marked the warming of ties between the two neighbours and the day where Singapore had finally reclaimed our "sovereignty." Along with water and border issues, the presence of KTM tracks in Singapore was a constant reminder of the perpetual threat Malaysia has posed to Singapore socially and politically. It was widely believed that the railway was used by unscrupulous syndicates to smuggle firearms, banned substances and human trafficking and Singapore did not have the power to monitor these illegal proceedings because of the immigration centres.
In June, there were faint hopes among the Queenstown residents that the authorities were finally abandoning their bulldozer approach in removing any structures or buildings that represented Singapore's heritage for economic "pragmatism." However, these hopes were plain castles in the air. There seems to be little or negligible sympathy on Queenstown residents who had to nurse their pain witnessing their "fields of care" disappearing at an amazing rate. Queenstown Remand Prison is now a history.
What are your hottest news about Queenstown in 2010?
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