14 Apr '11, 1pm

Mah Bow Tan: WP manifesto 'irresponsible'

Mah Bow Tan: WP manifesto 'irresponsible'

NATIONAL Development Minister Mah Bow Tan warned against the Workers' Party (WP) call for cheaper HDB flats on Thursday, saying it would mean larger subsidies for housing at the expense of other needs, such as healthcare, education or defence. Calling the opposition party's manifesto 'irresponsible', he noted that the WP had not said where the extra money would come from, and pressed them to reveal the implications of their proposals. 'You can't get something for nothing,' he said on the sidelines of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Corporate Seminar. The WP had unveiled its 63-page manifesto on Saturday. Called Towards A First World Parliament, it contains proposals on 15 broad areas of public policy, with a number focusing on hot-button issues like public housing and immigration. One of the key points under public housing was to allow for cheaper HDB flats by pegging ...

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