While “family-friendly” isn’t something you’d normally use to describe Geylang, it’s a real estate area that’s not to be ignored. It remains one of the best priced, centrally located areas for tenants – it’s a mere six minute-drive from the CBD and packed with retail and eateries.
On top of that, the URA is no longer zoning residential units for Geylang, giving its existing units a high scarcity value – all of which are things prospective landlords or single tenants should consider.
The activities between Lorongs 18 and 20 have earned Geylang its sleazy reputation. (Photo: 99.co)
Oh, and it’s gradually being cleaned up, too, if you know what we mean.
But what’s it like to actually live in such a “notorious” area? To get a picture, 99.co spoke to one person who has rented and lived in Geylang for a year.
Back in 2016, Marcos Teng, a Malaysian who worked in Singapore for three years before moving back to Kuala Lumpur, once made the decision to boldly rent in the heart of Singapore’s infamous red light district: Geylang Lorong 18 to 20.
The residence he chose was at Treasures@G20, a 400-plus sq ft unit with a fantastically low rent of just S$1,500 a month.
“I knew it was not a clean area but it was about a five minute-drive to my office in town,” said Teng. “And when I scouted some alternatives, they were all about S$500 to S$700 more per month – and many actually had fewer amenities. Since I was living alone, I thought why not? I’m not really bothered, and it’s cheap and convenient.”
He added: “My mother wasn’t very happy, of course. She made me promise not to visit the ‘red lantern’ houses. And she bought a feng shui candle for me to light and walk around the room when I moved in!”
But Teng said he soon learned a few unexpected things about living there.
1. THE FRIENDLINESS OF THE PEOPLE WILL SURPRISE YOU
2. FOREIGN WORKERS WHO GAWKED AT PROSTITUTES GOT CHASED OFF WITH WATER GUNS
“I think it was Lorong 18,” Marcos said. “I can’t remember it too clearly now. But one unusual spectacle was that these working girls would line up there, and big mobs of foreign workers would walk up and down to take a peek. But there were always angry people in the houses nearby, and they would come out and yell at the workers to go away. And sometimes they would spray water at them, with a water gun or a hose.”
3. THERE ARE MORE ILLEGAL CIGARETTE SELLERS THAN ILLEGAL-ANYTHING ELSE.
Teng continued: “If you walk down the street at night you might be approached a sex worker; but you’d (also) almost definitely be approached by seven or eight cigarette peddlers. They outnumbered the gamblers and prostitutes by maybe five to one.”
4. YOU’LL GAIN WEIGHT LIVING THERE
Teng’s vow to try all the food in Geylang in a year was a failure – but he did come close.
“I put on four kilos that year,” he recalled. “And the same will happen to anyone who lives there. Every two steps you walk in Geylang, someone is trying to sell you food. And I guess the nature of intense competition is why the restaurants still standing are always the good ones.”
5. IF YOU’RE EXPECTING DANGEROUS TRIADS, YOU’LL BE DISAPPOINTED
Marcos did, however, remember that there were specific groups of drinkers who were a hazard in Geylang coffee shops. “It’s the same group all the time that fight among themselves,” he said. “So when I spot them I just da pao (take-away) or sit far away.”
This story first appeared in 99.co.
11 August 2019
18 JULY, 2019UPDATED 19 JULY, 2019
SINGAPORE — A total of 24 suspected drug offenders were arrested on Tuesday evening (July 16) by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for suspected involvement in distributing sizeable quantities of new psychoactive substances in the Geylang area.
In a media statement, CNB said that most of the suspects, aged between 24 and 60, were arrested in the Geylang area. The bureau added that the new psychoactive substances are colloquially known as “mushrooms”.
Nineteen of the suspects — two of whom were Singaporean male drug traffickers aged 38 and 49 — were nabbed in the vicinity of Geylang Lorong 10 shortly after 8pm on Tuesday by CNB officers. About 1,804g of vegetable matter containing new psychoactive substances was recovered.
CNB concurrently raided a nearby unit in the vicinity of Cassia Crescent and arrested two suspects — a 33-year-old Singaporean female suspected of drug abuse and a 54-year-old Singaporean male who is suspected of drug trafficking.
The final three suspects — all Singaporean males — were arrested at two other locations. A 46-year-old was nabbed near Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, and a 42-year-old and 46-year-old were arrested near Odeon Katong.
They are suspected to be associated with the 54-year-old male arrested at Cassia Crescent.
6 August 2019
SINGAPORE: When a homeless rag-and-bone man felt another man staring at him, he approached the latter for medicine and then got into a fight with him.
After this, he went to a store and bought a knife, which he used to stab the victim six times, striking his scalp, chest and arm.
He then changed his blood-soaked shirt, went to a supermarket to shop and drank coffee at a coffee shop.
The trial against Toh Sia Guan, 67, opened on Tuesday (Aug 6). When asked how he pleaded to one charge of murder by causing bodily injury sufficient to cause death, Toh said through a Mandarin interpreter: “I didn’t kill anyone.”
The court heard that on the morning of the incident on Jul 9, 2016, Toh cycled from a canal in Potong Pasir, where he had been resting, to Lorong 23 Geylang to buy breakfast.
He frequently went to Geylang to collect cardboard and cans for a living, and that was also where the victim, 52-year-old coffee shop worker Goh Eng Thiam, went for breakfast.
When Toh rode up to the Victoria Food Court at No 2 Lorong 23 Geylang, he saw Mr Goh sitting outside the coffee shop and felt that he was staring at him.
ACCUSED GETS INTO FIRST FIGHT WITH VICTIM
To diffuse the tension, Toh asked Mr Goh whether he was selling Chinese medicine, according to a statement of facts both the prosecution and defence agree on.
Mr Goh was angered by this and shouted Hokkien vulgarities at Toh, saying: “Do I look like a drug peddler?”
Toh got off his bicycle and began fighting with Mr Goh. Mr Goh used Toh’s bicycle to hit him, while Toh picked up a wooden stick from a lorry parked nearby and hit the back of Mr Goh’s head with it.
They struggled with each other with their bare hands, exchanging blows, before Toh ran away from the scene without his bicycle and dropped one of his slippers on the road.
Toh then went to the Budget Value Shop at No 43 Lorong 25 Geylang, where he bought a pair of slippers and a knife and returned to the scene to seek revenge, said Deputy Public Prosecutors Eugene Lee, Claire Poh and Senthilkumaran Sabapathy.
While this was ongoing, the victim called a friend, and cleaned himself with a towel and water at a nearby restaurant.
ACCUSED RETURNS TO SCENE, STABS VICTIM
Less than 15 minutes after the first fight, Toh returned to Lorong 23 Geylang with a knife in his hand. He immediately rushed towards Mr Goh, who retreated to Victoria Food Court and retrieved the wooden stick.
Toh stabbed the victim multiple times and sliced the left side of the man’s face. In the attack, both men’s shirts were soaked in blood.
According to a witness, the two men traded punches, but the victim gradually weakened in his blows.
After realising that the other man was bleeding profusely, Toh ran away, said the prosecution.
He fled the scene two to three minutes after the attack began, wearing a blood-stained shirt and only one slipper on his foot.
A taxi driver called the police after spotting the victim while driving down the road in his cab, and an ambulance arrived minutes later. A paramedic pronounced Mr Goh dead at the scene at 8.11am.
An autopsy attributed his cause of death to a V-shaped stab wound in his upper arm.
4 April 2019
SINGAPORE — When brothel owner Chan Lie Sian was whacking William Tiah Hung Wai with a dumbbell rod, he had no intention to kill the pimp for allegedly stealing money from him.
Rather, it was meant to be a lesson about “honour among brothers (and) not to steal from each other,” Chan’s lawyer told the court during a hearing on Wednesday (April 3) to appeal against Chan’s conviction and death sentence.
Lawyer Wendell Wong, who asked that Chan be sentenced to life imprisonment instead, added that physical punishment was not uncommon among “brothers” in Chan’s company when a wrong has been committed by one of them.
“It was not to teach a lesson in death,” he said.
Chan, now 55, also known as Seow Benny, was found guilty of murder with the intention to kill Tiah and was sentenced to death in May 2017.
On Jan 14, 2014, Chan had summoned Tiah to the brothel located along Geylang Lorong 18 to question him about the sum of $6,500 that he believed Tiah stole from him.
Tiah denied it and during their confrontation between 11am and 2.30pm, Chan struck Tiah on the head many times with the 40cm-long metal rod which weighed 1.46kg.
Tiah, who suffered multiple cuts on his head and numerous skull fractures, died from his injuries in hospital a week later, just before he turned 36.
At the scene of the crime, blood was found on the floor, wall, ceiling, and a dish rack on a dining table in the living room. More stains were also found on the floor, walls and bed in one of the brothel’s rooms.
When the police arrived at the scene, Chan reportedly lied to them that he had found Tiah lying along the road pavement, and that he had moved the pimp’s body to the front porch to prevent vehicles from running over him.
HIT HIS HEAD ‘BY ACCIDENT’
In his argument on Wednesday, Mr Wong sought to establish that there was more than a reasonable doubt that Chan did not intend to kill due to the nature of the single blow to the front of the head, located above the right eye.
As Chan was angry and the room was dim, he did not have a perfect recollection of the fight, the lawyer said.
Mr Wong added that his client believed he hit Tiah on the head two to three times, but this was by accident. He was targeting Tiah’s arms and legs, but failed to hit those spots as Tiah was fighting back.
In response, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon —who was presiding during the hearing with Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and Judith Prakash — said that Chan must have “found himself to be the unluckiest man in the world” to have hit Tiah’s head several times if he did not mean to do so.
The judges reserved judgement and the court will release a decision at a later date.
15 October 2018
6 September 2018
7 November 2017
Authorities arrest 82 people in 7-day joint operations in Geylang
SINGAPORE — Police have arrested 82 people for a slew of offences in Geylang after a week-long multi-agency operation that ended on Monday (Nov 6) morning.
Sixty-five men aged from 16 to 68 were arrested in a gambling raid for promoting public gaming, gambling in public, possession of offensive weapon, drug-related offences and offences under the Immigration Act. Another eight men aged between 30 and 38 were also arrested under the Secret Society Act.
Six others were arrested for offences including the peddling of contraband cigarettes and illegal health products. The street value of the illegal health products seized amounted to S$1,600.
Three women were also arrested for vice-related offences committed in residential units.
23 July 2017
Police arrest 60 in Geylang in 3-day joint raid
SINGAPORE – Police have arrested 60 people in Geylang for various offences during a three-day multi-agency joint operation that ended on July 21.
The operation, which involved officers from the Singapore Customs, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Criminal Investigation Department and Health Sciences Authority, covered the streets and hotels in Geylang.
Seven women were arrested for vice-related offences committed in residential units and four men were also arrested for drug related offences.
24 June 2017
BBC News – Geylang Ramadan bazaar: Singapore’s new hipster haunt
Geylang Ramadan bazaar: Singapore’s new hipster haunt
The Ramadan bazaar in Singapore’s Geylang Serai district is a traditional favourite, but its new Instagrammable treats are drawing a younger crowd.
Has this “hipsterisation” hurt the festive spirit of Ramadan?
Produced by Heather Chen.
Editing/Filming by Sharun Nizam, Lee Beng Seng and Joshua Lim.
23 Jun 2017
- From the section Asia
HUMANS OF GEYLANG LOR3: From yogis to a tang-ki, here are the colourful residents of the estate
SINGAPORE — Leaky roof extensions, shoddily patched walls and rubbish-strewn alleys are a common sight in Geylang Lorong 3, a world apart from the neater, well-manicured private estates elsewhere.
The 2ha estate is making history as Singapore’s first private residential plot to be returned to the state in three and a half years, on the expiry of its 60-year lease.
Mr Teo Koon Chye channelling a goddess called Ci Bei Zu Mu at the Jiu Tian Xuan Nu Gong Taoist temple. Taoist devotees can seek a connection with their chosen deity for better health, more wealth, or to resolve a family issue. Photo: Najeer Yusof
An Indian yoga guru, 25-year-old A S Maha Shiv Manikanban, has taken up residence at the temple in the last two months, upon completion of his masters’ degrees in computer science and yoga.
The Tamil Nadu native has been impressing passer-bys with his elaborate yoga poses in the hall of the temple.
7 May 2017
What is this about “free brothels’?
IS THIS A PRANK PULLED ON SINGAPOREANS AND NEIGHBOURS FROM MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA?
Read the conditions:
1. You get free sex but you must allow the act to be broadcast ‘live’! (Now you know it’s not free.)
2. You must be able to ‘perform’ without ejaculating for 30 minutes to ensure that each video is at least 30 minutes long.
7 May 2017
21 hours ago – A Singapore-based consortium has announced it has plans to open a ‘free brothel’ in Geylang, with a plan for a venue to be opened which …
27 March 2017
87 arrested in Geylang after six-day joint operation by police, ICA and HSA http://str.sg/48wq
Thirty-two women were arrested for vice-related offences committed in residential units and 42 men for offences under the Common Gaming Houses Act.
Lianhe Wanbao reported on Monday that a large group of men had been arrested for illegal gambling in an alleyway between Geylang Street 14 and Street 16 on Sunday night, in an operation that lasted until 11pm.
Over 80 people arrested in Geylang in six-day operation http://bit.ly/2nXcJaC
10 July 2016
A street walker and her customer seen entering a house that offers transit hourly rates along Lorong 18 Geylang.
Photo: The Straits Times
Online vice is on the rise and the authorities have changed the laws to combat it.
Changes to the Women’s Charter kicked in on July 1 and they include a new section, 146A, which targets those who operate or maintain websites which offer sexual services or allow prostitutes to advertise.
The changes are a response to how the Internet has affected the world’s oldest industry – the sex trade.
Instead of having highly visible red-light districts, the shift online has made prostitution a more hidden and discreet business.
It means prostitutes no longer need middlemen – agencies and pimps – to source for clients or to provide a venue.
And many have decided to have a go at it alone.
Singapore is no exception. Over the past few years, websites where women post advertisements to solicit for paid sex have sprung up. These women operate out of Housing Board or private flats, and the advertisements are grouped according to where they are located – north, south, east, west or central Singapore.
Some websites also have a special section for Geylang. The Sunday Times found at least 60 women using condominium units in the area for prostitution.
Clients can browse the websites by the women’s location, age, bust size, height, types of sexual services offered, or how much they cost.
The women’s “business” addresses are not listed on the websites.
Customers can call or text to find out the rough location. The exact address is revealed only when the client reaches the area.
14 March 2016
23-year-old man arrested after slashing police officer with knife at Geylang East Ave 1 http://bit.ly/1YQ8tTF
Foo Jie Ying,
The New Paper
Mar 12, 2016
He was outnumbered three to one by men who approached him and identified themselves as police officers.
Yet the young man was brazen enough to brandish a knife and lunged to slash one of them.
The attack took place yesterday night near the man’s home in Geylang East Avenue 1, the police said in a statement.
Three plainclothes officers from the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) Technology Crime Investigation Branch had mounted an operation there to follow up on a complaint under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.
At 9.45pm, they saw the 23-year-old, approached him and introduced themselves as police officers.
The suspect whipped out a knife and attacked the officers.
A 43-year-old officer suffered a deep slash wound on his right arm.
The officers swiftly subdued the suspect and arrested him for voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon.
29 Feb 2016
24 arrested for involvement in illegal public gaming, unlawful societies at Geylang: http://on.fb.me/1QfVJ5f
24 ARRESTED IN OPERATIONS AT GEYLANG #sgpolicearrest
The Police arrested 24 men aged between 18 and 68 in a series of operations conducted at Geylang from Friday 26 February 2016, to Sunday morning, 28 February 2016.
Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department, Bedok Division, and the Central Narcotics Bureau launched raids at coffeeshops, entertainment outlets and back alleys at Geylang resulting in the arrests. The subjects were arrested in connection with illegal public gaming and for being suspected members of unlawful societies.
Gambling related paraphernalia were also seized in the raids. Investigations are ongoing.
For gaming in a public place, persons may be fined up to $5000 or imprisoned up to six months or both upon conviction. For promoting gaming in a public place, persons may be fined not less than $20,000 and up to $200,000, and imprisoned up to five years upon conviction.
Any person who is a member of an unlawful society may be fined up to $5,000 or imprisoned up to 3 years or both upon conviction.
24 December 2015
SINGAPORE – A seven-hour operation by the police, Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in Geylang yesterday (Dec 23) led to the arrests of four men and seizure of illegal drugs worth a total of about $40,000 in street value.
All four suspects are Singaporean men in their 20s, the HSA and CNB said in a joint statement today.
The illegal drugs seized include cough syrups, sexual enhancement drugs and prescription drugs.
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11 October 2015
But soon after the police left the scene, the illegal gambling stalls between Lorong 16 Geylang and Lorong 18 Geylang were reportedly reopened, with gamblers continuing to try their luck at games.
After Geylang raid ended, vice activities returned
After raid ended, it was business as usual in Geylang https://shar.es/1ufjrF
The crowd ran as police officers swarmed around them, blocking every exit out of the alley.
In a raid on Wednesday night at Geylang, 15 of them were arrested for illegal gambling and drug offences in the area.
But 15 minutes after the authorities left the scene, it was business as usual with the illegal gambling tables set up once again, reported Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News.
An unnamed 54-year-old gambler told Shin Min that he was at a back alley in Geylang at about 8pm on Wednesday to “try his luck” at an illegal gambling stall.
Suddenly, a huge number of police officers in plainclothes appeared at both ends of the alley.
He added that some members among the crowd of gamblers also revealed themselves to be police officers.
“I tried running out of the back alley and some tried running to a nearby coffee shop but there were police officers already stationed everywhere,” he told Shin Min.
The gambler and about 70 to 80 others were then rounded up for questioning, he said.
Shin Min reported that the questioning lasted till about 11.15pm, before police took the 15 arrested suspects away in two police vehicles.
Officers were also reportedly seen packing confiscated items into four to five boxes.
Sale of illegal sexual enhancement products and more: 107 arrested for various offences in Geylang
Sale of illegal sexual enhancement products: 107 arrested for various offences in Geylang http://goo.gl/NSAF5V
Oct 10, 2015
The police said on Saturday that they arrested a total of 107 suspects in Geylang for various offences during a week-long multi-agency operation which concluded on Saturday morning.
The suspects included 46 males and 61 females who are aged between 17 and 56.
They were arrested for various offences such as vice, public gaming, drug offences, peddling of contraband cigarettes, immigration offences, and selling of illegal sexual enhancement products.
107 suspects nabbed in week-long operation in Geylang
107 ppl nabbed in Geylang for suspected involvement in offences such as vice, public gaming http://tdy.sg/1N5gejn
SINGAPORE — A total of 107 people were arrested in Geylang for their suspected involvement in various offences, such as vice and public gaming, in a week-long operation that ended early this morning (Oct 10), said the police in a press release.
Other suspected offences include drug offences, peddling of contraband cigarettes, immigration offences and selling of illegal sexual enhancement products.
Yes, it was at Hotel 81, too. Remember the murder and suicide at Hotel 81 Palace in Lorong 16 on Feb 1, 2015? Read the report after this.
Man tries to rape tourist at hotel after drinks http://ebx.sh/1MoMxM7
Man tries to rape tourist at hotel after drinks
Man convicted of sexual assault. Victim struggled & shouted:
By RONALD LOH
A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday (Aug 12) to sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a 23-year-old Taiwanese female tourist.
Ng Jun Xian had met the woman, who was here to visit her boyfriend, last year and the two exchanged numbers.
They met again on Nov 8 for a round of drinks before Ng offered to take her to a hotel so that she could rest there.
After checking in, he forced himself on her, sexually violated her with his fingers and attempted to rape her, although he did not succeed in doing so.
He was arrested.
Murder and suicide at Hotel 81 Palace in Lorong 16 on Feb 1, 2015
Man who murdered lover then killed himself at Geylang hotel: 2 notes found in his bag http://bit.ly/1UrQHE8
Man who murdered lover then killed himself wrote 2 notes about how he would do it
A construction worker who took his own life after slashing his Indonesian lover in a hotel room in Geylang had harboured thoughts of killing her for cheating on him.
Ms Ruli Widyawati, a 28-year-old maid, was found dead with her throat slashed, along with multiple cuts on her left arm, wrist and chest, in a room at Hotel 81 Palace in Lorong 16 on Feb 1 this year, reports The Straits Times.
The body of Indian national Chinnasamy Baskar, 30, was discovered hanging in the toilet.
At an inquest into their deaths yesterday, it was revealed that Chinnasamy had written two notes, found in his sling bag, stating that he would kill her.
At 9.50am on Feb 1, Chinnasamy and Ms Ruli checked into the hotel. He had planned to stay through the night but as this was allowed only for bookings after 6pm, he paid $60 for six hours.
Later that morning, a cleaner who was working on the third floor heard a woman talking to a man and crying at the same time. The voices indicated that they were quarrelling. Between 3pm and 4pm, Chinnasamy came out and told the cleaner that he wished to extend his stay. She told him to go to the counter or call the reception. She also saw a red stain where Chinnasamy had stood.
At about 7.40pm, the hotel manager called the couple’s room, but there was no reply.
When the manager opened the room with a master key, he encountered a gory sight. Blood was splattered all over.
Couple found dead in Geylang hotel: How passion turned to paranoia http://bit.ly/1IOis1m
Foo Jie Ying
The New Paper
5 August 2015
They were, it seemed, passionately in love.
She had his name tattooed across her chest. He told a colleague that he loved her very much and would do anything for her.
But it ended in tragedy when their bodies were found in a Geylang hotel room on Feb 1.
She had several injuries on her body, including a fatal stab wound on her neck. His body was found hanging in the bathroom, a coroner’s inquiry into their deaths was told yesterday.
Last December’s fire at a Geylang house which killed four foreign workers is a stark reminder that one must immediately leave the scene as soon as a fire is suspected or an alarm sounded.
In his findings yesterday, State Coroner Marvin Bay said the four Malaysian cleaners who died had decided to stay on in the room, despite a fire raging in the building, and wait for help to arrive.
They were rapidly overcome by the toxic smoke and died from inhaling it on Dec 6 last year.
He said it is extremely hazardous to remain indoors to “wait out” a fire. “In a closed space, the build-up of toxic fumes from combustion can quickly reach lethal levels, and overwhelm any person remaining in the premises, well before help can arrive,” he said.
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71 people nabbed in series of ops in Geylang http://ow.ly/N2Ybv
An almost week-long series of operations in Geylang ended with 71 people being arrested for various offences like drink driving, suspected gang and vice activities.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led the ops, which started on Monday (May 11) and ended early yesterday morning.
Officers conducted raids and checked entertainment outlets, coffee shops, private residential units, hotels and back-alleys in the district.
Seventy-one people, aged 17 to 57, were arrested for suspected involvement in gang activities, drug offences, immigration offences, drink driving and vice activities.
Anything can happen in Geylang, including this!
Suspect loses pants in chase by cops http://ow.ly/LZwb8
It was like a scene right out of a police drama at Geylang on Tuesday night.
Two men in a black car sped down Geylang Road, with two policemen on bikes hot on their heels.
When the car’s path was blocked by a lorry at the junction of Geylang Road and Lorong 34 Geylang, both driver and passenger abandoned the car and bolted off in separate directions.
The driver, 35, was arrested subsequently for dangerous driving. According to a factory worker who wanted to be known as Mr Ye, the driver was seen in a top and boxers as he entered the police car.
“I think his pants must have been ripped off in the chase,” the factory worker told Wanbao.
A police spokesman said that the Traffic Police had given chase because the black car sped past a road block point at Lorong 14 Geylang, instead of stopping for a spot-check.
Video: woman hits man…
Drama at Geylang Lor 24: Skimpily-clad woman hits man with stick and hurls vulgarities at him http://bit.ly/1FHYBRA
A Stomper sent in a video showing a woman hitting a man with a wooden pole at Geylang Lorong 24.
In the video, the scantily-clad woman was seen hitting the man repeatedly while hurling vulgarities.
Another woman also joined in the fight and kicked and slapped him.
After he ran off, the woman was seen “patrolling” the area with her wooden pole.
Click on this for the video:
56 people arrested in Geylang during overnight anti-crime blitz http://str.sg/omz
56 people arrested in Geylang during overnight anti-crime blitz
SINGAPORE – A joint overnight operation in Geylang has resulted in the arrests of 56 people for various offences.
The suspects were made up of 21 men and 35 women, aged between 18 and 73. Their array of alleged crimes included vice and drug-related offences, immigration offences and the peddling of illegal sexual enhancement products.
Two bodies found in Hotel 81 room in Geylang. Police investigations are ongoing. http://str.sg/4Bd
A 31-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were found motionless in the hotel room. Both were pronounced dead by paramedics. Police are investigating the unnatural deaths.
The Straits Times understands that the 31-year-old man is an Indian national, while the 29-year-old woman is an Indonesian. Both are believed to be work permit holders. The woman had wounds on her body, and she was partially dressed. It is also believed that there were blood stains in the hotel room and bathroom.
Two people were found dead in a Geylang hotel this evening. Police are investigating http://cna.asia/1zskToW
SINGAPORE: Two people were found dead in Hotel 81 Palace at Lorong 16 Geylang on Sunday (Feb 1), in what is believed to be a murder-cum-suicide case.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they were alerted to the incident at 7.50pm. A woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s were pronounced dead at the scene.
The New Paper team visits Geylang
A sterile Geylang is no fun
HOPPING: Geylang is a hive of activity late into the night.
When The New Paper team visited Geylang last Wednesday night, it was a hive of activity.
Lorongs were lined with bright neon lights and roadside restaurants were packed with people enjoying supper.
Some, however, expressed a growing concern with the increasing alcohol restrictions and recently proposed rezoning.
Food trader Melvin Yang, 31, said: “Geylang will become more family-friendly. It is not wrong for the area to be cleaned up, but it also shouldn’t be completely sterile.”
A balance should be struck, he added, especially when it would be near impossible to eradicate everything that is unique about Geylang, including its vices.
Another patron, Mr Clarence Lim, a 24-year-old events planner, said: “I think this will still be an interesting place with great food.
“I don’t think it will change too much, unless you want to drink through the night.”
Geylang was unceremoniously thrust into the spotlight during the Little India riot inquiry last year.
It was described by former Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee as a potential powder keg, with unsavoury characters abound, “a hint of lawlessness” and hostility against the police.
Since then, the area has been hit by a slew of measures.
There have also been two measures to turn off the alcohol taps in Geylang.
Over the last nine months, some 40 coffee shops in the area have lost their liquor licences as they had infringed various regulations, the Foochow Coffee Restaurant and Bar Merchants Association told The New Paper.
There were initially 96 coffee shops in the area with beer licences.
Then on Jan 19, the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill was tabled in Parliament, with Geylang one of the areas targeted by the Bill.
While specific details have not been released, part of the Bill suggests no drinking in public places after 10.30pm. Alcohol sales at take-away shops would also be stopped at that time.
But what does this mean for the colourful area, well known in equal parts for its food as well as for other less savoury activities?
Many of those whose liquor licences were revoked had been caught violating rules, such as having customers still consuming alcohol on their premises in the wee hours despite a midnight cutoff time. And some others were caught selling liquor past their licensed timings.
The world’s oldest profession at Geylang…
How would you like 60 neighbours? All in one house?
Terraced house in Geylang rented to more than 60 tenants
Terraced house in Geylang rented to more than 60 tenants http://str.sg/ZgN
SINGAPORE – A three-storey terraced house in Geylang has more than 60 tenants living in it, causing a neighbour to raise concerns about fire safety.
Mr Wang, 40, who lives behind the house, said that he saw 42 air-con compressors being installed at the house about a year ago.
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told Lianhe Wanbao that there are at least 60 tenants living in the house, but he has not reported it because the tenants are quiet, and have not caused any problems.
Accident involving a police car at the junction of Geylang Road and Geylang 6 Lane .
【芽笼路发生车祸 涉及警车与轿车】 据目击这起交通意外的的居民表示,事故是在12月25日晚上10点左右发生，造成该路段交通阻塞大约一小时。详文：http://ch8news.co/1xkYeNk
Close to S$1 million worth of illegal sexual enhancement products seized in Geylang raid http://tdy.sg/1GmnseW
SINGAPORE — 50 people were arrested, and nearly S$1 million worth of illegal sexual enhancement products seized, during an overnight multi-agency joint operation that ended yesterday (Dec 13), according to the police.
The suspects, 9 men and 41 women aged between 19 to 56, were arrested for various offences, including vice, drug-related offences, immigration offences and peddling of illegal sexual enhancement products.
Illegal sexual enhancement products worth nearly S$1 million in street value, according to estimates, were seized by enforcement officers from the Health Sciences Authority.
The Straits Times
50 people arrested in overnight raid in Geylang
SINGAPORE – The authorities arrested 50 people in Geylang on Friday during an overnight raid led by the police.
Nine of the suspects were men and the rest were women.
They were aged between 19 and 56, and were nabbed for offences related to vice, drugs, immigration and peddling of illegal products.
Three Myanmarese workers were flung out of a lorry after it got into a head-on collision with a minibus
3 workers flung out of lorry after collision with minibus in Geylang http://shar.es/13clLF
Three foreign workers were flung out of a lorry after it got into a head-on collision with a minibus at about 8.30am yesterday.
It happened at the junction of Aljunied Road and Geylang East Central.
A foreman who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, 48, told Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News that he was carrying three Myanmar nationals to a factory in Geylang when the accident happened.
“I was making a right turn at the junction. I don’t know how the collision happened. The lorry flipped sideways and the workers sitting at the back were thrown out,” he said.
The minibus driver, who wanted to be known only as Mr Deng, 45, was equally stumped.
He had more than 10 students from an international school on board.
“The accident was too sudden, I couldn’t brake in time,” he said.
4 HAVE DIED. ALL 4 ARE MALAYSIANS! They are Yusof Masrong, 49 (from Sibu, Sarawak), Ramu Kotiah, 50 (from Ipoh, Perak), Jubitol Rumanjing, 37, and Maslan Musundo, 43 (both from Pitas, Sabah).
A fifth Malaysian, Muslin Masundo, is currently at the intensive care unit ward of the Singapore General Hospital. Muslin is the brother of Maslan Masundo.
4 Malaysians killed in Geylang hostel fire, 9 injured including 2 firefighters http://bit.ly/1rZLkCy
Saturday December 6, 2014 MYT 6:38:26 PM
Four Malaysians killed in Geylang hostel fire in Singapore
PETALING JAYA: Four Malaysians, all working as cleaners, were killed in a fire at a workers hostel in Geylang, Singapore early Saturday.
Three of them – males aged between 40 and 50 – died at the scene while the fourth male was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital. They were believed to have suffocated.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were informed of the fire at 1.40am.
The New Paper reported that the occupants of the shophouse were workers from China, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia.
Geylang shophouse fire UPDATE: Fourth person dies, after succumbing to injuries in hospital http://ow.ly/FsId0
Three people were found unconscious by firefighters, and were pronounced dead at the scene.
The fourth victim succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Nine people were brought to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, including two firefighters who sustained minor injuries.
The New Paper understands that the unit housed foreign workers.
Investigations are ongoing.
The straits Times
Geylang shophouse fire kills 3
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were called about the incident at 1.40am, SCDF said in a statement released later in the day.
Black smoke was reportedly billowing from the shophouse unit. Firefighters put out the blaze within 30 minutes.
Three people were pronounced dead at the scene. Another nine were sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. They included two firefighters, who sustained minor injuries.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
ANOTHER PERSON WHO COULDN’T WAIT FOR COFFEE?
Why so distracting in Geylang? Another driver crashes into kopitiam at Lorong 19 http://goo.gl/a9tbCe
Stomper Jeffrey came across an accident involving a car crashing into a coffee shop along Geylang Lorong 19 yesterday (5 Oct) at around 9pm.
Stompers HJS and Chun also sent in pictures of the accident.
Based on the pictures sent in by the Stompers, the car was seen in between some tables and a drink stall.
Stomper Jeffrey also mentioned that he saw two traffic police motorcycles at the scene of the accident.
Why was there shattered glass all over the floor at a Geylang bank? http://bit.ly/1rwyBQs
Stomper Andy was walking by OCBC’s Geylang Branch at 3am today (Oct 28) when he saw that the glass window inside the bank had been shattered.
Multiple SCDF vehicles called in to put out fire at Geylang coffeeshop http://bit.ly/1vWJpxy
Fire breaks out at coffeeshop along Geylang Lorong 15. http://ow.ly/DgDxu
The skies above Geylang were covered with plumes of grey smoke earlier this morning when a fire broke out at a drinks stall in a coffee shop along Lorong 15.
Straits Times reported that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted to the incident at 9.50am and despatched one fire engine, two light fire attack vehicles and two fire bikes to the scene. The fire was quickly put out within 10 minutes.
At the Golden Star Hotel in Geylang on 22 July 2012, Shi stabbed Ummul twice in the chest, with one stab puncturing the wall of Ummul’s heart — a wound that would have been life-threatening if not treated, said a report from Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Lesbian attempted murder trial: Giselle Shi sentenced to four years’ jail
By Jeanette Tan | Yahoo Newsroom – Fri, Oct 3, 2014
UPDATE on Friday, 10 October at 3pm: The Straits Times reports that Shi has been sentenced to four years’ jail for attempted culpable homicide of her ex-girlfriend. She could have been sentenced to up to 15 years’ jail and fined.]
The young woman who stabbed her ex-girlfriend in a hotel room in Geylang two years ago pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted culpable homicide not amounting to murder, said local media reports.
Today reported that Giselle Shi Jia Wei, now 25, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted culpable homicide of 22-year-old Ummul Qurratu ‘Ain binte Abdul Rahman, after previously being charged with attempted murder and attempted suicide. Her second charge of attempted suicide remains stood down after she agreed that it would be taken into consideration for sentencing.
S’pore woman sentenced to 4 years jail for attempted culpable homicide of ex-girlfriend (below)http://buff.ly/1siG1LW
YES, GEYLANG IS THAT KIND OF PLACE!
About 30 customers at the coffee shop ran after the car and surrounded it following the accident.
SINGAPORE – A car ploughed into a row of tables and chairs at a popular Geylang coffee shop last night, sending patrons scampering for safety.
The car crashed into the diners, who were sitting on the sidewalk outside the Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge coffee shop, at about 11pm.
The coffee shop was packed when the accident happened, witnesses said.
A stall assistant at the coffee shop, Mr Erick Kwok, 26, told TNP: “I just had dinner and heard screams. I ran out and tried to stop the driver.
But he sped away, down the road.
Some customers threw chairs at the car.
“He only came to a stop when he hit another car.”
The New Paper understands that about 30 customers at the coffee shop ran after the car and surrounded it following the accident.
Bloodstains were still visible on some tablecloth when TNP visited the scene last night.
Police said they received a call for assistance at 11.17pm.
They added that four people – three diners at the coffee shop and the driver – were taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Police investigations are ongoing.
This is the third report of a vehicle crashing into a Geylang eatery in about a month.
On tourist visa, but Jiangsu woman not here to sightsee
Jiangsu native Gina has a dark secret. The 25-year-old arrived in Singapore from China two weeks ago as a tourist, but has been working as a freelance prostitute in a walk-up apartment in Geylang.
The fair and slender 1.7m-tall dance and music teacher has spent about $2,000 getting to Singapore and starting work.
The breakdown: $700 in airfare, $700 a week to rent a bedroom with an attached toilet and $580 to a Singapore agent who picked her up at the airport, arranged the apartment, took her photos and advertised her services online.
She said, through a source, that she also had sex with the agent for free “so that he can describe and rate my services online”.
She charges her clients, who are all locals, $80 an hour. But she declined to reveal how much she has earned or the number of clients she has served.
Her clients responded to the online advertisement, but she does not rule out streetwalking.
“But I will try not to, because I am scared of getting caught by the police,” she said.
The face of the freelance prostitute in Geylang The typical freelance streetwalker in Geylang is 26 years old,… http://fb.me/6JWn4Nxh6
Economics of prostitution in Geylang
SINGAPORE – The typical freelance streetwalker in Geylang is 26 years old, services four clients a day for $70 each on average, and earns about $3,200 a month after deducting rent and other expenses.
Almost all are foreigners from China, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, said a study by three universities which has, for the first time, shed some light on the veiled world of freelance prostitutes in Geylang.
The findings are based on face-to-face interviews with 177 prostitutes over the last two years by three academics from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Boston University and Fudan University.
The freelancers are not based in brothels. Many come to Singapore as tourists; others moonlight while holding other jobs here.
Prostitution is not an offence in Singapore, but it is against the law to solicit in public or for pimps to live off the earnings of prostitutes.
One of the study’s key findings is that prostitutes pick and choose their clients, charging some more and others less.
For instance, Caucasians are typically asked to pay $81 because they are perceived to be more willing and able to pay. Chinese are charged $69, while Bangladeshis pay the lowest at $44, because they are seen as less wealthy.
Some prostitutes also prefer not to have Indian and Bangladeshi clients.
A first ever university study has shed light on marginalised sex workers in
Have undie, can jaywalk!
Posted on 25 August 2014
Man walks in the middle of the road in Geylang — wearing only his underwear
A man was seen walking in the middle of the road in Geylang at about 11pm yesterday (Aug 24), wearing only his underwear.
Customers narrowly escape after lorry ploughs into Geylang eatery and damages 3 vehicles
It was a close shave for customers and staff at a restaurant along Geylang Road, after an accident that left three vehicles damaged on Thursday night (Aug 21).
According to a report on The New Paper, a lorry had mounted a kerb and ended up on the walkway in front of 99 Duck Neck restaurant, between Geylang Lorong 11 and Lorong 13.
A car and a motorcycle was also damaged in the crash.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said that a man in his 60s was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a precautionary measure even though there were “no obvious injuries”.
TNP understands that the man was the lorry driver.
VIDEO: SEVERAL DAYS EARLIER: 2 MEN FIGHT OVER A PROSTITUTE
More than 10 police cars and a large number of officers were seen by the reporter at the scene.
9 men arrested over fight in Geylang after woman was allegedly molested
A brawl in Geylang, which involved about 20 people, on Tuesday night (Aug 12) left nine men arrested and at least three injured.
According to a report on Lianhe Wanbao via MyPaper, the fight in Jalan Molek started after a foreign worker allegedly molested a woman, thought to be a prostitute.
Eyewitnesses said that a drunk worker allegedly touched a streetwalker’s chest.
Angered, she fought back and even kicked him, and the two started fighting. A man who was acting as a “lookout” for the girls went to her aid.
The worker then called out to his friends who were nearby for help.
Soon, the “lookout” was surrounded by more than 10 men. About four or five of his friends heard the commotion and turned up, but they were still outnumbered.
Another six or seven people from an alley nearby then rushed over. The workers fled at this point.
Illegal bookies cash in on World Cup fever at Geylang coffee shops
Illegal bookies were found taking advantage of the World Cup fever, hanging around Geylang coffee shops to discreetly take bets from people watching the match.
Geylang bookies nabbed
Police raided a coffee shop in Geylang which allegedly operated as an illegal betting centre.
A crowd was watching the World Cup quarter final game between Germany and Argentina when officers surrounded D E Eating House in Geylang Lorong 25A.
Cash amounting to $1,500 and betting slips were seized.
YAHOO! NEWS SINGAPORE
Geylang. Probably not the first place you think of when someone says the word “startup”, but here’s a quick tour we did to prove our point
Geylang, a neighbourhood that connects Singapore’s Central and East regions, is famous for many things – a 24/7 food heaven, a “powder keg”, according to Channel News Asia, and the elephant in the room – a notorious red light district.
Little do people know that the area, just a stone’s throw away from Aljunied MRT station, has become home to a number of local startups, including Viddsee and Voyagin in 13, BeMyGuest, and the various startups under incubator and accelerator, The Co-Foundry.
In addition, co-working space Hackerspace.SG has moved its crib to 344B King George’s Avenue, which is a five-minute walk from Lavender MRT station (two stops away from Aljunied MRT station).
While the West has our favourite Block 71 at Ayer Rajah Crescent, and the Central region of Singapore is where you can find Hub Singapore and HubQuarters, the East (or Central-East, if we were to be strict about geography) doesn’t really have a meeting place for startups.
Cheap rent, good food
“Rent is cheap,” said Clement Wong, CEO, BeMyGuest. Based out a shophouse on 425B Geylang Road, he explained that he pays S$1.60/square feet (US$1.28) at his current location, as compared to S$2/square feet (US$1.60) if he were to be based out of Block 71.
To be fair, Geylang is quite notorious for unabashed streetwalkers, and men who practically stare at anything that moves. After an interview with a founder (who happened to be female), we discussed Geylang and the rising number of startups choosing to be based out of that general vicinity. Feeling quite strongly about the topic, she stressed that the seedy environment will be the number one reason why she would rather choose a more expensive district.
“There are seedy places,” said Tushar Khandelwal, Head of Marketing and Community, Voyagin. He added, “But they don’t bother me.” The Japanese firm has been working out of 13 for a month now, and found out about the space through Vincent Lauria, an investor at Golden Gate Ventures.
He continued, “We have four women in our office. They usually work until 7 or 8 PM.” According to him, they would always go home at the same time, even when they used to work out of Block 71.
He added, “They feel pretty safe overall.” However, there was one incident where a female he knew was asked out to dinner by “some guy” late at night. Ogling is not uncommon either.
Read the rest of the article:
Straits Times Breaking News
Brighter backlanes and more CCTVs to help police keep crime at bay in Geylang
Geylang’s backlanes will be brightened up and more CCTVs will be installed to keep crime at bay, said the commanding police officer of the area on Thursday, after Geylang was flagged as a hotspot for crime in a recent high-profile inquiry.
Superintendent (Supt) Loh Kah Wai, of Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC), said police are working with grassroots leaders, Members of Parliament, and government agencies to improve lighting and monitoring in Geylang. This is on top of regular joint enforcement to deter illegal activities in the area.
The New Paper
Geylang was never this ‘lawless’
When showed a video clip taken in Geylang last Wednesday, the retired senior police officer was shocked.
John, who asked not to be named, initially thought he was being shown a video clip taken in a neighbouring country.
Scores of prostitutes could be seen loitering the streets while men haggled with pimps.
“It can’t be,” John said yesterday. “Are you sure this is Geylang?”
For ex-cops like John, who had patrolled and been involved in operations in the area in the 1990’s, the streets of Geylang was never this “lawless”.
What then, led to this sea change in the Geylang landscape?
For the full report, read The New Paper on Tuesday (April 1).
The savoury side of Geylang
By Maureen Koh
The New Paper
Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014
The unsavoury reputation of Geylang did not put restaurateur Sally Packire off. She feels it is a goldmine.
“There is good human traffic and while there are many coffee shops selling Indian fare, we did our homework and found there was no restaurant offering Indian cuisine,” says Ms Packire, 41.
GEYLANG IS A PLACE OF GREAT FOOD!
Geylang to many may be a den of vices. But go beyond the sin tag, and it is a food haven. People from all over… http://fb.me/3DwfxVBGA
GEYLANG IS A RED-LIGHT DISTRICT IN SINGAPORE
Geylang is also a red-light district of Singapore.
Thousands of Asian prostitutes mostly from other countries like Thailand, Indonesia, China and Malaysia work in Geylang, and visitors and locals alike flock to the area each evening and stay till morning.
The district is home to hundreds of brothels. Some are regulated, while others operate behind the scenes illegally.
The houses in Geylang operating in sex practices are easily identifiable; their house numbers are large and bright red. As many as a dozen girls work out of each house, and the operating hours tend to be 14:00-3:00.
The trouble with Geylang, and why it’s a “potential powder keg”
- POSTED: 30 Mar 2014 23:12
Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said policing Geylang is a challenge as all the indicators for potential trouble are in the area. He also pointed to a hint of “lawlessness” within its streets, calling it a “potential powder keg”.
The crime rate in both Little India and Geylang has dropped steadily over the years.
But Geylang’s numbers remain high, with the crimes committed there including robbery, outrage of modesty and murder.
Public order offences like rioting are also higher in Geylang, compared to other areas.
Commissioner Ng said that police officers are met with hostility and antagonism when in the Geylang area.
Commissioner Ng also pointed out that nowhere else in Singapore is policed more intensely as the lanes of Geylang.
Typically on Fridays and weekend nights, five police cars are devoted to Geylang, which is more than in Little India.
Another two dozen officers are on patrol.
On top of a visible police presence, plainclothes police fan out to check clubs and massage joints, close down gambling stalls, round up streetwalkers, and keep an eye on both gangsters and ex-gang members.
Straits Times Breaking News
Published on Mar 30, 2014
People in Geylang speak of undercurrent of fear
There is more potential for trouble in Geylang than in Little India, according to Singapore’s police chief Ng Joo Hee. Walter Sim and Nur Asyiqin Mohd Salleh pay a visit to the red-light district, where some are afraid to talk, for fear of becoming targets themselves.
At dusk, like clockwork, streetwalkers in skimpy outfits emerge from alleyways. They flirt with men, both foreign and local, while being watched by minders on the alert for the police.
Off-corner massage parlours and hotels with hourly rates do a roaring trade. Nearby, peddlers sell sex drugs with names such as Super Magic and Tiger’s Prestigious Life, while others deal in contraband cigarettes.
This is Geylang, Singapore’s notorious red-light district and another foreign worker hot spot now in the spotlight after Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said last week that the area was a bigger concern than Little India, where last December’s riot took place.
It is an area where disproportionately more crime and public order offences take place. Last year, Special Operations Command forces were deployed to Geylang on 41 occasions, compared with 16 in Little India.
Straits Times Breaking News
Published on Mar 30, 2014
Step up safety in Geylang, say MPs, grassroots leaders
Fewer alcohol licences, stricter operating hours for businesses among measures suggested.
By Amelia Tan
Geylang Members of Parliament and grassroots leaders want more done to keep the area safe, and say the measures should go beyond ramping up police patrols.
Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Edwin Tong wants fewer alcohol licences issued, stricter operating hours for businesses near residential estates, and a stop to foreign worker dormitories sprouting near Housing Board flats.
Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, MP for Marine Parade GRC, who has overseen a series of measures such as lighting up dark alleys, believes a comprehensive review is needed.