11 Aug '11, 3am

Our reader asks: Why are permanent residents (PRs) not eligible to vote in lift upgrading? #housing

SINGAPOREANS are lucky to have the Government upgrade their homes by subsidising lift upgrading by up to 95 per cent ('Why lift upgrading cannot be compulsory' by the Housing Board; last Saturday). However, permanent residents (PRs) are not eligible to vote in lift upgrading. Why is this so? PRs pay the full market price for their resale HDB flats and conservancy charges, and do not enjoy service and conservancy rebates. They regard their flats as their homes and contribute to nation building through the taxes they pay. And yet, when HDB asks residents to vote on the lift upgrading for their blocks, PRs are not allowed to vote on the physical work that will affect their homes directly. On top of that, PRs are asked to pay the full unsubsidised price. The increased cost borne by PRs is unlikely to be recouped from a higher resale price, as citizens do not have to pay for it...

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