| Hourly rates not only for vice |
Letter from Tang Li
05:55 AM Apr 30, 2010
I WAS quite amused to read Soh Ah Yuen's letter, "Are hotel hourly rates necessary?" (April 28).
The writer seems to believe that hourly rates at hotels are a major cause of social ills and banning them will somehow make Singapore a better place. However, if one understands the dynamics of Singapore, one would realise that hourly rates at budget hotels do provide a necessary social service.
| First, let's be clear that while hourly rates may be used for sexual activity, that's not always the case. |
There are people working the late shift and in a city that hopes to develop a more vibrant "night life", the hourly rates at budget hotels provide an alternative resting place to people who work late - like musicians, waitresses and others in the entertainment industry.
Best thing is, when U put something into the hostel fridge and return for it, U find that it has now often become something else!!! So lives on the magic...
| Some people in this industry, through the course of their work, drink heavily. |
Some work for establishments that do not provide a transport service that takes them home.
|There are those who drive. Surely it is better for people in these situations to have a place to sober up before they drive home than to place them in situations where they feel it's necessary to drive when under the influence of alcohol?|
| And not all sexual activities that go on in such establishments are between prostitutes and clients. |
There are unmarried couples who use these hotels because they don't have privacy in their own homes.
Clean and freshen up facility is open and free 24/7, ditto Changi beach. No need to hurry, no hourly rates, just need some effort with free camp permit booking via internet/ AXS stations. AFAIK, parking is free too.
If it's true love, you'll got the distance, why not?- N these are decent activities are btw conducted in days, not hours.
|Having budget hotels that charge by the hour provide these couples with a safe and private environment to engage in a private act between consenting adults.|
|This then leads to the question of "vice". Prostitution is not a pleasant business. However, it has been around for as long as Singapore has.|
|Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew admits in his biography that prostitution is an industry that is impossible to ban and it is better to have it in the open than driven underground.|
|Thanks to his pragmatism, Singapore has avoided many of the social ills associated with the business.|
Or U an addicted patron in deep denial. Or your lifelihood depends on this 'fringe' activity.
|We may not like some of the activities that take place in budget hotels but they do provide society with a necessary outlet for certain activities.|
|So, let's be practical and leave budget hotels as they are and to charge as they please.|
Those who "do as they please", these are the morons of our society.
Your turn now to respond.
Have a nice day.