25 Jul '11, 1am

Our reader says HDB should do away with the flat balloting system, which was never fair to begin with. #housing

AFTER many tries, I finally managed to get a flat recently. So I fully understand the anguish and disappointment of people who have repeatedly applied for build-to-order (BTO) flats, but were unsuccessful in obtaining queue numbers. While I appreciate National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan's efforts to ramp up the supply of BTO flats, I believe the basic mechanism underlying the flat selection process needs a relook, as it results in many first-time buyers not being able to secure a new flat. It is time we do away with the flat balloting system, which was never fair to begin with: How can public housing allocation be determined by a lottery of sorts? HDB should group applicants based on their number of unsuccessful attempts to secure a flat selection queue number. Balloting - only as a last resort - can then be carried out for those with the most unsuccessful attempts...

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