07 Sep '11, 7am

Every September, a concentration camp: Alex Au, Yawning Bread

Every September, a concentration camp: Alex Au, Yawning Bread

The Formula One race each September speaks of what’s wrong with the Singapore model — buttering up the elite while making life miserable for the ordinary guy. A large part of our downtown is barricaded for weeks in advance of the race with fencing like in the picture above. Pedestrians have to walk around them — at places detours stretch for hundreds of metres — to cross a road or reach a bus stop. The city looks like a concentration camp. The inconvenience reduces shopper traffic to the area and every year, shopkeepers (and their employees) complain of reduced business, though things may have improved somewhat with the opening of the Circle Line stations Esplanade and Promenade, permitting underground access to Suntec City. There is also the question of who pays of all this work — putting up barricades and taking them down again. I feel sorry too for the average tourist w...

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