Why Living In Singapore Isn’t As Horrible As You Think

How does our cost of housing compare with other countries? We’re still pretty angsty when it comes to whether Singapore is the place we wanna stay in or not. I know many people who hate Singapore, fellow Singaporeans and the whole shitty system here. I also know many people who love Singapore regardless of the […]

Rebuttal to Roy, another reader speaks…

    The HDB/CPF article by Roy sent a flurry of activity, and rebuttals. Here, another reader voices his disagreement. Roy’s rant against HDB and CPF was spurious at best. If he feels that CPF is cheating him of his money and is a tax, then may he keep it there and never take out […]

FAQ: Changes to HDB’s Cash Over Valuation Policy

  Benjamin Chiang is an enthusiast of good advertising, deep thinking, labour issues and chocolate. He writes at www.rangosteen.com. The views expressed are his own.   Since the 10th of March 2014, the HDB will provide valuation only after a purchase decision has been made. The intention is to reduce focus on Cash-Over-Valuations (COVs) during […]

When the heart is right, the politics will follow

  I read with great interest the provision of sheltered walkways and fitness corners at Workers Party (WP) held wards supported by citizens’ consutative committees (CCCs) under the People’s Association (PA). This translates to: CCCs and PA supports the Worker’s Party. Mr Ong Ye Kung, adviser to Kaki Bukit grassroots organisations was quoted saying “If we […]

Making Singapore more accessible to the elderly

I recently brought a colleague visiting Singapore for the first time to Tiong Bahru, one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. The “must-see” neighbourhood is one of my first stops when showing overseas friends around. The estate does embody Singapore’s essence of mixing the old with the new: up and coming hipsters cafes and […]

Bursting the bubble?

A recent article on housing supply painted a highly optimistic picture for all hopeful Singaporean home-owners. According to the author, property prices are set to dip in the coming years thanks to a rise in the number of available properties, a projection further corroborated by this chart from the Singapore Property Cycle: According to a […]

Making the most out of your HDB property

Since the introduction of the Silver Housing Bonus and Enhanced Lease Buyback Scheme on 1st February this year, elderly HDB homeowners have been given opportunities to make more out of their flats. This is a good move to help senior citizens who may be unable to work due to medical conditions or because they are […]

Who’s responsible for my ceiling?

  You have a problem with your estate. Town Council says it’s not their business, blames HDB. HDB says it is also not their problem and cites joint responsibility of the tenants. Mr. Seah has faced the problem of a leaking ceiling for over 7 years, allegedly caused by his upstairs neighbour’s renovation. The persistent […]

Problems with HDB: HJ Hamid Shop/ Shahirah Trading

The Five Stars editorial team picked up this note from the internet and decided to send a journalist down to have a look. Here is a field report.     Did you see this on Facebook? The post claimed that “..because of HDB lift building exercise, his shop was blocked and he mentioned that he was […]

HDB: Those who are left out

HDB policies are difficult to design. On one hand there is a need to match supply to demand, otherwise prices will spiral out of control. On the other hand, there is a need for the lives of Singaporeans to be met. If you grow-up, go to school, pass your exams well, get a good job, […]