Nice photos of Geylang conserved shophouses (photo: Matthias)
I live in a red-light district area for almost 10 years and never had problems with it. We haven’t seen any reports of men sexually harass girls here for a long time too.
Minister Mah Bow Tan was responding to a query from a Marine Parade MP on tightening the security of Lorong 22 – 44 Geylang (I live in lor 36) to control the vice activities that might spread from the smaller numbered lorongs (Lorong 10 – 20 are more tyrant on red light activities)
Personally, I never find prostitutes walking around a problem, and to be honest, the situation isn’t as bad as what the Marine Parade MP Fatimah thinks. From time to time, we’ll see illegal freelancers from China walking around to solicite their services, but rarely do any man responded to them. The numbers aren’t as frightening as those in Lorong 10 – 14. Probably 3 – 4 a night on the stretch of Sims Drive?
I’d wish the zoning could change for the higher lorongs of Geylang though, it’ll bring more robust and entertainment to the already very vibrant and colorful Geylang. We’ll see more and more developments coming up with Paya Lebar converting into a business hub and new mall springing up around the area.
Shop houses around these higher lorong numbers should benefit from the new changes in the near future.
The proximity location from Geylang to town in my opinion is one of the best too. With Nicoll Highway just around the corner. Zipping to Suntec City can take as fast as 10 minutes from here.