The Straits Times
June 26, 2009
ALTHOUGH the concerns raised by residents are not baseless, approval of a hotel development in the area is in line with demand for more hotels as Singapore gears up for the integrated resorts launch and major events like Formula One and the Youth Olympic Games.
It is shortsighted to claim that an hourly hotel will encourage vice in the area.
Vice can be conducted in any hotel.
Major five-star hotels see engagements between high-class call girls and their high-net-worth customers.
Tiong Bahru residents may have overlooked the fact that the area was once home to drug peddlers and loan sharks.
It was not exactly wholesome to begin with.
Hotel 81 started next to Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre in 2007 in the midst of landed properties and HDB flats.
I have lived in this area for more than two decades and even after the opening of the hotel, there have been no vice activities.