While parts of the Geylang neighbourhood are zoned for legal prostitution, it’s also home to streets of two- and three-story shophouses, with businesses showcasing bathroom fittings and light fixtures.

Not to mention some pricey condominiums on the horizon.

Last month, Australian developer Lendlease sold around 50 percent of the 429 condo units at its mixed office, retail and residential development in the Geylang area. The pricing ranged from 1,600 to more than 2,000 Singapore dollars a square foot, or $1,150 to more than $1,400, putting the three-bedroom units at over 2 million Singapore dollars.

A representative of Lendlease said he doubted the episode’s portrayal would have much impact on the project.

Segar’s dialogue continued with this indictment: “It is the very embodiment of income inequality. There’s a lot of poverty, human trafficking, just a lot of crime.”

That would be news to Singapore’s commuters, who are regularly bombarded with posters admonishing that “low crime doesn’t mean no crime” to encourage better awareness.