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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:50 PM

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Brilliant! So far the frankest and most direct admission from a cabinet minister:

http://www.todayonli...ays-Mah-Bow-Tan

Shorter waiting time and larger supply of flats, says Mah Bow Tan

by Ong Dai Lin

05:55 AM Aug 31, 2010

SINGAPORE - Three years - already a higher standard than in other cities - was the benchmark to beat. Yesterday, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan made a new commitment: First-time home buyers will get the keys to their flats in two-and-a-half years.

To get this done for projects launched from the middle of next year onwards, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will streamline internal processes, for instance, by awarding the tender sooner and speeding up the Build-to-Order (BTO) selection exercises, Mr Mah said.

The shorter waiting period and a record number of units next year for executive condominiums and the Design, Build and Sell Scheme, in addition to BTO flats, were among the key announcements on housing policies set out by Mr Mah.

These moves, analysts said, would have the widest bearing on the current supply-and-demand imbalance in public housing that Mr Mah had previously described. HDB resale flat prices could fall from their current record high, they said.

Asked if the new housing measures were a response to ground sentiment that housing will be a hot topic in an upcoming election, Mr Mah said: "If you ask me whether it has got anything to do with the elections, the answer is yes. Everything has got to do with the elections."

The waiting period is being shortened even though the selection exercise for BTOs is a "very time consuming process". Mr Mah explained that the HDB would check on the eligibility of every applicant.

Demand will also be met through 4,000 DBSS flats and 4,000 ECs, to be located across the island, including in Tampines, Yishun and Jurong West. This is on top of the 22,000 BTO flats HDB will offer next year and the 16,000 BTO flats this year.

Calling the numbers substantial, Mr Mah gave this analogy: "In two years, we're going to build, if the demand is there, a new Toa Payoh."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had flagged off the changes at the National Day Rally on Sunday, when he said the income ceiling for DBSS flats would be increased to $10,000 from $8,000 for the "sandwiched" group.

Analysts told MediaCorp the upgrading dreams of homeowners would be restored to some extent. They noted that a consequence of a rising price market would be the dampening of Singaporeans' "upgrading aspirations", as an analyst put it.

Some prospective home buyers welcomed the moves but suggested the HDB go further.

Freelance trailer producer Shen Wenyuan, 27, said: "The measures are good, but I hope the Government can release the sites for balloting periodically, like the Sale of Balance Flats exercise, so that people can choose their flats earlier instead of waiting to ballot each month."

Mr Chris Koh, director of property firm Dennis Wee Group, said that despite the increased flat supply, there are groups of people, such as the growing number of singles, who are ineligible for new flats and have to buy in the resale market.

Ms Lee Bee Wah, the deputy chairperson of the Government Parliamentary Committee (National Development), welcomed the measures. She said she had about six complaints every week for the past two months at her Meet-the-People sessions about the difficulty of getting a new flat. She said she never had such numbers before.

When asked whether the completion time can be further reduced, Ms Lee said: "We do it step by step and need to monitor the quality of the flats. We don't want to speed up the construction and deal with quality issues downstream."

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:56 PM

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Should have elections every year then. biggrin.gif

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:57 PM

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Seems like almost all the Who's Whos in the cabinet have come out to say something about the economy, property, public transportation, education, immigration...latest being SM Goh gathering feedback from the grassroots after PM's National Day Rally.

If this is not a sign of an imminent GE, then I don't know what is...

So pull your socks and grab your pants, here we GO sweatdrop.gif
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:00 PM

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Expect it to be year end 2010.

Robust economic growth in 2010. MTL. laugh.gif

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:21 PM

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Why do they still need to take so long to implement the steamline internal process of BTO? (starting from Mid 2011) By the time the election will be over & who know whether the promises will be kept?

I remember during 2006 General Election, PAP promised Lift Upgrading Program for every block but I still have not received any news from Town Council todate.
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:24 PM

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i wonder how will it fair

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:27 PM

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Should have elections every year then. biggrin.gif


Yeah! Do it for the sake of erection is realistic but sound too practical!
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:34 PM

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oh so they are finally starting work as the s--t gets closer to the fan..
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:41 PM

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Why do they still need to take so long to implement the steamline internal process of BTO? (starting from Mid 2011) By the time the election will be over & who know whether the promises will be kept?

I remember during 2006 General Election, PAP promised Lift Upgrading Program for every block but I still have not received any news from Town Council todate.


And I guess all Punggol residents will forever remember this promise-now-dream: Punngol 21....
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:57 PM

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In the neighbourhoods I frequent (including Tampines), some carparks have recently been enlarged and there are also new lifts about to be installed. How I wish the govt would hold their erections every year smile.gif

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:05 PM

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that is quite frankly a brilliant response.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:15 PM

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Eehh kiah in wrong area if not I sure vote for him laugh.gif

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:41 PM

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First 3 years always got lots to pay after that when preparing for the day they start implement this and that..So shall we choose them again????

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:50 PM

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NO! Let them know that we r not stupid to fall for the same trick again.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 08:54 PM

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NO! Let them know that we r not stupid to fall for the same trick again.



All we know is to whine and bitch abt the govt...oh no they tax away our $$...oh no the foreigners are taking away our jobs...

u bitch u whine...but when it comes to the big Errection day...suddenly the LP become small...oh god, what will happened if opp goes in....oh god, there is serial number on the ballot....oh god i am scared...


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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:49 PM

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All we know is to whine and bitch abt the govt...oh no they tax away our $$...oh no the foreigners are taking away our jobs...

u bitch u whine...but when it comes to the big Errection day...suddenly the LP become small...oh god, what will happened if opp goes in....oh god, there is serial number on the ballot....oh god i am scared...


my "Oh God" will be..

"Oh God, will i even get to vote?" dry.gif dry.gif

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:40 PM

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my "Oh God" will be..

"Oh God, will i even get to vote?" dry.gif dry.gif


Haha that is a good one thumbsup.gif
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 07:52 PM

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Should have elections every year then. biggrin.gif


Either that, or pay them salary only on election years when they r motivated to do good work to gain votes, on non-election years ask them work without salary.

Edited by Sgnick, 10 September 2010 - 07:55 PM.

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QUOTE (Booboon @ Jan 24 2011, 12:05 AM) *
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1. Drives an opc g spec sienta. Green colour.
2. Lives in hougang and has alot of money. At least that wat he claims.
3. Is a Chinese male in his 30s n wear specs.
4. Hangs around sgsienta. The forum is dead anyway.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:32 PM

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The grandmaster has not come out yet leh

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:08 PM

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Mr Mah said: "If you ask me whether it has got anything to do with the elections, the answer is yes. Everything has got to do with the elections."


The gahmen only work when there's an election.

The rest of the time they go to slumber and let screw ups happened.


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