Uncles Gather to Gamble, Chat, and Smoke. Desperate Residents Call for Enforcement!

By October 5, 2021Current

TL;DR – Whose parents or grandparents? Please come claim!

Seniors aged 60 and above, as well as those living with them, have been “strongly urged” to stay at home, only go out for essential activities, and minimise group activities and social gatherings over the next four weeks to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19 amid a spike in cases. Especially if they are unvaccinated. Meanwhile in New Upper Changi Road… A group of seniors seem to have their own thinking. This group at a coffee shop at Block 26 New Upper Changi Road have been called out for violating safe management measures. Despite the best efforts of the authorities and to the dismay of residents in the area, this coffee shop is still packed with groups of uncles.

According to residents, they are regulars in the area, meeting there 3 times a week. The reason? Alamak… Betting on horse races! Apparently, their blatant disregard for health warnings amidst the Covid-19 pandemic has caused concern to irate residents.


Just last Friday, more than 50 people were seen gathering in the area, smoking, drinking, and betting on horses. Some were not wearing their masks properly, others not keeping a safe distance from one another.

A resident also shared that even though the pavilion next to the coffee shop was closed off weeks ago, presumably to prevent these uncles from gathering, the group just moved off elsewhere. Smoking, drinking and chatting happily.


Meanwhile, residents in the area are getting increasingly concerned and hoped that the police would strengthen enforcement. There have been 40 deaths from COVID-19 in September alone – the highest number of fatalities in a month. All but one of them were seniors above the age of 60. Uncles ah, don’t you know that seniors are at a higher risk of developing serious health complications if they are infected with the disease? Please take added precautions to protect yourselves and your families even if you think you are Ironman, OK?

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One can only imagine the frustrations of the residents in the area, but amidst it all, let’s try to reach out with kindness and empathy where we can. Educate, not berate. Afterall, we are all in this together!

*Story first appeared on Shin Min Daily News


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