Reaching for the pinnacles the profitable way
Tan Kim Chuan wrote to the ST forum stating that the relaunch of Pinnacle@Duxton is priced at $200k more than when it was launched in 2004. Now this must be a mis statement. It cannot be. How could HDB priced its flats at $200k more than the original launch price? HDB is not a private developer existing just for pure profits. A whopping $200k increase all because the market value of these flats were priced at a discount to market value is simply atrocious. Most of these buyers are going to incur a loss very soon with the condition of the economy and the falling property market. Now, shouldn't this be a good question for the MPs to raise in Parliament? Or should Tan Kin Lian be responsible to talk about it in Hong Lim Park first? Tan Kim Chuan politely commented that this is either over pricing or profiteering from the property boom. Does anyone with political and moral responsibility to the people think that the pricing is grotesquely excessive and need to be brought down as the buyers are our people and many are young first timers? Or is it another case of greed is good, profit is good? What has become of the original HDB, the builder of affordable homes for the people. HDB used to be a nation builder with a national responsibility. Now it is becoming a commercial animal, and profit is all it sees. Come on MPs, ask some questions would you?