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Closure of Compass Point mall for 1-year renovation marks end of civilisation in Sengkang

Posted on 07 December 2015

Black market has sprouted up in its place offering basic necessities at twice the usual price.


Singaporeans from all walks of life in Sengkang have closed their eyes, rolled over to one side and called it quits.

This after civilisation as normal people recognise it has more or less come to an end in Sengkang following the closure of the entire Compass Point mall for one year to undergo renovation.

Wan Dan Leow, a Singaporean who stays in Sengkang but is actually desperate enough to contemplate moving somewhere else, such as Bukit Panjang, said: “There is nothing else left here. Everyday I get up to go to the Sengkang MRT station to take a train to work, I’d see balls of tumbleweed blown across the wasteland.”

“And then there will be people wandering around aimlessly, wondering where they can get basic necessities such as sanitary pads and cai png.”

“There is no foreseeable future here.”

However, other Singaporeans said the mall’s closure for an extended period of time has brought new life to the estate though.

Hei Seh Hui, another local, said: “These days, I get my basic necessities from the local black market established here a few weeks ago, even though it is twice the price.”

“It comprises a wandering band of merchants who come from far away places, such as Hougang, to offer basic, but now hard-to-find goods in Sengkang, such as fresh bean sprouts, toothbrushes — and occasionally, when god willing — piping hot pieces of Old Chang Kee curry puffs, squid sticks and PrimaDeli waffles.”

“Ah I miss those.”

At press time, thousands of Sengkangers reminisce the days gone by where they could saunter into Compass Point mall and drop off a cheque at the POSB branch or pop by Cold Storage and buy a packet of juice.






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