Irresponsible individuals singing karaoke past sleeping hours continue to hound neighbours across the country, especially at residential areas, causing sleep disturbance, annoyance, stress, havoc and anguish.
Similar excessive and unnecessary noise-related incidents include modified cars emitting ‘gunshot’ noises, illegal late-night motor racing, pet dogs excessively barking at night, and even biker gangs and gym operators over-blasting their music.
Despite the constant warnings, irresponsible noise makers remain stubborn and refuse to comply.
The numerous frustrations shared on social media and in the newspaper’s opinion section echo to the conduct of those uncompromising noise-makers.
Although the current law to deal with noise under Section 30 Chapter 30 of the Minor Offences Act and others do exist, it is not sufficient, as it is only related to those people emitting volume from instruments.
As such, it is high time to pass a new anti-noise law under the Brunei Minor Offences Act.
Under the new law, it should give authorities immediate power to give notice to offenders to cease from emitting loud noise beyond a prescribed decibel and between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
The public can do their part in sharing information of the wrongdoers to the authorities.
Should the noise-makers fail to comply and repeat their anti-social behaviours, they are to be subjected to a fine of BND500.
A good reference to an existing law is Hong Kong’s Chapter 400 Noise Control Ordinance.
By updating and enforcing our law, the authorities can create a more harmonious and peaceful living environment for the nation.
Ears Wide Shut