ST not worth paper its printed on lah?

I refer to the article “Singles and small families occupy public rental flats” (Straits Times, Jul 30).

It states that “The Tans are typical of tenants of the 50,000 rental flats islandwide, with recent figures from the Housing Board (HDB) providing a rare snapshot of the demographics of people who live in this segment of Singapore’s public housing.

Under the public rental scheme, eligible Singaporeans earning $1,500 or less pay rents between $26 and $275, depending on the size of their flat and whether they have bought subsidised housing before.

The average age of public rental flat applicants is 43 years, and the average age of children in these flats is 11. The majority of households in rental flats have four members or fewer.

About 40 per cent of rental households are formed by singles. They are either sole occupiers after their family members died, or people who applied under the Joint Singles Scheme, where they share the flat with another single.

And many of those who rent, tend to do so for a long time.

A quarter of public rental flat occupants have lived in their current flat for less than five years, and about half have lived there for more than 10 years.

The Housing Board also notes that many renters have also managed to find their way out.

Last year, almost 1,000 rental households became home owners, thanks to grants for first-timers as well as the Fresh Start Housing Scheme, which gives eligible second-timer families up to $35,000.”

My friends said “aiyah, this one 151st not worth the paper it is printed on at its best again lah!

Half page article about HDB data, but never mention the obvious or ask the questions that everybody have been asking lah?

For example, never say or ask why the household income ceiling of S$1,500 per month to apply rental flat, has not increased since 2003?

HDB flat prices keep going up – got inflation – but the poor rentees – no inflation one hor!

Also never say or ask why must find another stranger who is single and the combined income must also be below $1,500 – first world country mah – must go everywhere asking and looking for single strangers who earn very little lor!

Also never mention or ask why if say pay increase by $80 ($64 after deducting 20% CPF) – HDB rental (2-room) will go up by $110 from $165 (income below $800) to $275 (income over $800) lah!

Now you know why some rentees refuse to take pay increase lah!

This type of HDB policies so stupid – no brain and no heart one!

Also never say or ask why the proportion of Malay families living in HDB rental flats has doubled in the last decade till 2015 (government’s own  figures hor)?

In 2015, there were 14,600 rental households headed by a Malay.

This was 10.9% of all Malay-headed households, up from 4.9% in 2005, according to the General Household Survey in March 2016.

Also never say or ask why the HDB has increased the rental flat supply from 42,000 units in 2007 to 53,500 in 2016, and will boost this to 60,000 by 2017?

Eh, why say in 2016 will boost to 60,000 by 2017, but then 151st now say only 50,000 – shrinking statistics is it or maybe HDB changed its mind is it?

Also never say or ask why the % share of HDB 1 & 2-room flats was at its highest in 10 years (2005 – 2015), at 5.6% from the low of 3.9% in 2008?

Heh, what does “majority of households in rental flats have four members or fewer” mean lah? That as many as 49% have 5 people or more is it lah?

This kind of English from what school har!

Wah, so good hor – 1,000 rental households became home owners, thanks to grants up to $35,000 – heh, how many of the 1,000 got the maximum of $35,000 man?

Oh, whatever happened to earn less than $1,000 also can buy HDB? S0, how many in history like this type one hah?”


Leong Sze Hian





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9 Responses to “ST not worth paper its printed on lah?”

  • a matter of school grades !!!:

    clown pap Ljs can say cannot eat degree.

    yet to get job in clown pap organizations, minimum 2nd class upper.

    clown pap fatty paper general who sank NOL cambridge U. same batch SPH finance report goh. goh not 1st class. so only SPH finance reporter. fatty paper general 1st class, so became goh finance reporter boss even though fatty sank NOL. 1st thing fatty did in SPH was to fire finance reporter goh.

    cannot eat degree? it is a lie.

    grades don’t matter? it is a lie.

    but truly, grades mean nothing unless there is true compassion to take care of citizens. this is where clown, son of pap departed evil lky, failed.

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  • HarderTruths:

    The Tans rent because they cannot get proper jobs that are given to FT.
    FT also buy HDB and private holdings therefore raising prices of HDB that the Tans cannot afford. The continual increase of taxes in the form of ERP, COE, GST etc. erodes whatever they earn on a daily basis.

    Their plight is that there no hope left to even maintain essentials.
    This appears to be the norm rather than the exception for many households.

    Yet the government considers them lucky. Really? Are we that stupid?

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  • Sad Situation:

    Most of these Renters are in Sad situation.They are local in low paying jobs and hardly can survive in these super expensive Singapore.
    On the other hand many FTs are doing well here…

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  • 100%dontTrustPAP:

    Campaigning for next GE oredy reporting on NTUC chief..said SG workers are the reason of sg’s success / that they are working towards new fairer salaries etc etc. NOW ONLY KNOW?
    So blady obvious !
    This ‘vote buying’ scheme we oredy know n heard before..
    After GE they will take back 500% by increasing prices, taxes n everything else!

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  • True facts:

    The clown had been sitting in the ivory tower for too long enjoying his million dollars salaries don’t know what the ground is facing and how people suffer.

    High time for regime change la. No point having such leader. Really a disgrace to Spore.

    Time for change by Dr. Tan C B.

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    Hahahaha… Straits Times?? My wife uses it to wrap her disposable pads before she throws them away; while I have not read the physical newspapers like in years… I prefer online news which is far more convenient and doesn’t make my fingers go black like some kind of infectious propaganda poison seeming into you.

    Besides, going online kills less trees and kills SPH profits too….good riddance to the the 150+ ranked world’s worst media company.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Screwed up public housing policies, poor Economic Management, repressed wages & hard-up working mechanism (dependency on foreign labour for cheap wages, incredibly long working hours, no labour laws protecting locals, etc).
    Also the S’pore MainStream Media is colouring the ground views on the situation with their “constructive nation building” media reporting of all “Clear blue Skies & Bright Sunny Days” – no negatives, duh!.
    Dsyfunctional & delusional – that’s all I have to say about S’pore & the PAP!
    DYSFUNCTIONAL – characterized by or exhibiting dysfunction: such as. a : not functioning properly : marked by impaired or abnormal functioning.
    b : characterized by abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction
    DELUSIONAL – characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

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  • LIONS:

    MSM big news.
    PAPigs so good give public rental houses to singles n small families.
    No worries no jobs never mind.
    FTs who OWN HDBs will rent out to you.
    Some 70 pct are just plain stupid.
    They enjoyed getting screwed.

    These 70 pct are so in love with those who FARK them hard?! LMAO!

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  • fudging and highfalutin:

    Definition of (some) accountants: Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

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