A TikTok video documenting the unkempt and dirty conditions of Singapore’s Chinatown has gone viral, sparking a discussion over the stark contrast between Chinatown and Singapore’s reputation as the “garden city”.
The video, uploaded by TikTok user @zeinsg, has garnered over 203k views as well as thousands of likes and shares on the short video platform as of this writing. It eloquently discusses the alarming and unhygienic conditions that plague Chinatown, and how it reflects badly on the people who frequent the area.
The Appalling State of Chinatown
Accompanying the voiceover, footage of rubbish littering the streets of Chinatown was shown. Empty plastic bottles and other trash could be seen strewn across the ground outside of the People’s Park Complex and the hawker centre.
Many plastic cups half-full of unidentified liquids were left next to a railing, one of them even had a discarded mask in it. Various debris and trash could also be seen on the steps leading to Chinatown MRT station and the 7-Eleven outlet.
No Longer Just a Matter of Cleanliness, but of Attitudes and Behaviours As Well
The user poses a question to the viewers, asking if this is the “garden city” that we all know and love. While he acknowledges that no place can be perfectly clean, the current condition of Chinatown is not purely about cleanliness anymore, but more about people’s attitudes and behaviours.
Urges Countrymen to Mind their Behaviours
Sharing that he would often visit Chinatown to eat with his friends as the food there is the most authentic to that of his hometown, the poster lamented that he does not understand why the current conditions there are so bad.
He ended the video with a reminder to his fellow countrymen to mind their own behaviours when in other countries.