Home ren­o­va­tions rob us of peace

New Straits Times - - Letters -

and pub­lic hol­i­days are when peo­ple can rest and en­joy the day with loved ones.

It is sad and frus­trat­ing when what is sup­posed to be a rest­ful and joy­ful day is spoiled by your neigh­bour’s home ren­o­va­tion.

The head-split­ting sounds of drilling and jack-ham­mer­ing can ruin your day. If the ren­o­va­tion goes on for weeks and months, your health will be at risk.

Ren­o­va­tions are a night­mare to fam­i­lies with chil­dren and sickly el­ders.

Peo­ple have a right to ren­o­vate their houses, but who gave them the right to hijack other peo­ple’s fam­ily time on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days?

Per­mits is­sued by lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal and city coun­cils for home ren­o­va­tion should be made known to res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tions.

This way, contractors can work only dur­ing per­mis­si­ble hours.

Re­spect, tol­er­ance and un­der­stand­ing for your neigh­bour is im­por­tant to al­low res­i­dents to live in har­mony.

DR MUZAFAR SYAH MALLOW, Universiti Sains Is­lam Malaysia, Ni­lai, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

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The head-split­ting sounds of drilling and jack-ham­mer­ing can ruin your day.

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