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Uproar over new rental flats

Postby tankee » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:58 am

extracted from Straits Times

IN THE space of a week, residents in two housing estates - dismayed to learn that new rental blocks were being built near their homes - have gone up against the Housing Board.

They have met Members of Parliament and HDB officials over the issue.

Some of the more than 20 residents who spoke to The Straits Times were concerned that the rental flats would lower the quality of the neighbourhood and the value of their homes. Others were vocal about not having been consulted.....

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Postby tankee » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:02 am

When I read this on the papers yesterday, I could not believe my eyes.

Aren't we all getting snobbish? HDB dwellers looking down on lower income fellow citizens?

Shocking !

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Postby ooptimizer » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:09 am

Well, its always easier to critisise others, but when the new block is coming up right in front of your masterbed room window, all Singaporeans would protest.

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Postby hquek » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:11 am

I read quickly through the article. It was so funny that one resident suggested the flats should be 8 storeys tall rather than 14....me wondering if he's living on the 9th storey. :P

Anyway, my family used to stay in rental flats....but those were in central area. I don't assume that govt wants to continue with these rental units in such prime districts. Rental per month for each unit I think is about $30.00 (from way back, don't think they increased); and private property is more like $1k psf for 99 year hor.

Think there will be uproar whereever they intend to build. Remember the hoo haa over foreign worker dorm at Serangoon?

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Postby tankee » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:13 am

isn't all new HDB flats built close to each other? :?


anyway, my HDB is sandwiched between 2 other blocks. The block behind is a 2-rm HDB block, not sure whether it is still rental or not.

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Postby tankee » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:16 am

hquek wrote:I read quickly through the article. It was so funny that one resident suggested the flats should be 8 storeys tall rather than 14....me wondering if he's living on the 9th storey. :P

Anyway, my family used to stay in rental flats....but those were in central area. I don't assume that govt wants to continue with these rental units in such prime districts. Rental per month for each unit I think is about $30.00 (from way back, don't think they increased); and private property is more like $1k psf for 99 year hor.

Think there will be uproar whereever they intend to build. Remember the hoo haa over foreign worker dorm at Serangoon?



probably 9th and above.

uproar over workers dorm I can still appreciate. but against fellow citizens?

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Postby skunk » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:26 am

tankee wrote:uproar over workers dorm I can still appreciate. but against fellow citizens?


humans will always find their own reasons to discriminate against the have-nots.

Just as u have a reason to differentiate between foreigners n fellow citizens, they have a reason to discriminate even among citizens.

Just as a drug addict inside Queenstown Rehab is also a citizen, I might also discriminate against him.

It's not like in the old days, when people are poor, 90% of the time it's because of circumstances. Now, 90% of the time when people are poor, it's because they got some kind of inherent problem that prevents them from getting ahead in a very fair and meritocratic society.

I've volunteered and held key positions in charitable societies, and my word can be taken for it.

Many of the poor today have drug problems, marital problems, gambling problems, alcohol problems, mental problems...all kinds of problems u can think of, they have it. Would u like to stay near them?

It's not like in the past, when someone's poor, it's likely simply because the parents are poor, having just escaped from the Communists in China.

Of course, there are still genuine cases around, but u can trust my word, they're only like 10% or so.

I'm not supporting discrimination, but i can understand why people discriminate. Not anyhow, but often for very good reasons.

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Postby mintcc » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:46 am

wah...I would think marital problems are considered "circumstances". Don't agree that people should be discriminate just because they are poor or have problems.

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Postby tamarind » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:59 am

Now, 90% of the time when people are poor, it's because they got some kind of inherent problem that prevents them from getting ahead in a very fair and meritocratic society.


There are people who have studied hard and worked hard all their lives. Then at 40 years old, they were retrenched. In the engineering field, it is very difficult to find another job after 40 years old. I heard that most end up as taxi drivers.

Read this blog :
http://derekwee.blogspot.com/2006/10/fu ... apore.html

Of course if these people are wise enough to buy an HDB flat instead of private property, then they will not end up in rental flats. But if they bought private property, they may not be able to pay the monthly loan, and may have to find cheaper places to live.

These people may lower their salary expectations, and try to apply for lower paying jobs. But very few employers will want to employ a former manager as a junior staff.

It is not always true that people are poor because they have not studied or worked hard enough or not smart enough, even in Singapore today.

There are also those who poured all their money into their business, then failed and lost everything. Can we have some empathy for them ?

I guess it is difficult for younger people to understand that, even though a person may be very smart, and very hard working, he may not be successful in life. He is just not fortunate enough.

I do have a feeling that Singapore is becoming more and more elitist. Those people who were born in upper middle class families, simply cannot understand what the poor families are going through. And the worst thing is that, they do not have any compassion for other people. ( I am not referring to anyone in this thread)
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Postby skunk » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:04 am

mintcc wrote:wah...I would think marital problems are considered "circumstances". Don't agree that people should be discriminate just because they are poor or have problems.


U mean to say they "shouldn't be discriminated"?.....Yes, I agree they shouldn't be discriminated....I'm just saying I can understand why they are discriminated against...and the reasons are not all wrong.

Marital problems are not "circumstances beyond control". If one had chosen a spouse carefully, and not rush into marriage, a lot of problems could be avoided. If one is tolerant and loving, many problems could be avoided. If one has done one's duty as a loving spouse, many problems could be avoided. If one is faithful, many probs could be avoided. In short, I cannot think of a problem in marriage that is "beyond reasonable control".

But if a family is poor from taking care of a child born with genetic problems, such I would say, is a circumstance beyond control. But out of all the "poor" people, I would say, only 10% of them belong to this group.

In fact, the charity group i used to work in, we had a single dad raising 2 mentally retarded girls....his wife ran away already. Guess what, within a few years, he had learnt to stand on his own feet, and told us he did not need charity anymore.

And we had been helping a family "afflicted" with alcoholism for 20 over years, and till today, they still can't stand on their own feet.

My experiences dealing with this people face-to-face and on a regular basis, has revealed that today's "poor", indeed, many of them have only themselves to blame :(

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