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).

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