When I heard of this news I was kinda, really? We have plentiful of land for housing, in fact we are going to increase the population to another few millions for sure, or our growth will go negative. There are millions waiting to be received by our open arms. Housing is definitely not a problem as we can just build and build, by getting the priorities right, by allotting more land for private properties and bigger profits.
When roads are declared as limited, when car population is limited, when COE prices are going to hit ninth heaven, what are the implications? For those who really need cars out of pure necessities, be it work or physical needs, like the aged, invalids, and the happy broods of children, what’s next? Life is going to be a misery, no joke.
What about the high end new citizens or PRs? They need cars, plenty of cars, as they can afford it, as a hobby. Even the local rich are collecting cars with some having tens or more in their collections.
Car ownership is not just a means of transportation to some. But the crucial purpose of car ownership is transportation. Should there be a rethink and review of car ownership policies in the light of the increasing constraints and high prices?
This is also applicable to ownership of properties. With limitation of land, of course some assholes will say ‘who said so’, land is for the building of homes, a roof over the heads. Land for investment and speculation, is going to drive property prices out of the reach of many. A rethink with respect to land for residential purposes, for the citizens, is urgent. How the govt is going to apportion land for strictly residential purposes or for the speculators to use as chips in their gambling game is tricky, or maybe not, if everything is about getting full value or profits.
Living in paradise is going to be very tough for the aspiring young who wanted a good life, ie good housing and ownership of private transport. It is also going to be a big struggle, and frustrating for the daddies and mummies with 2 or more children, and those with handicapped oldies at home. How are people going to have more babies?
Don’t worry, the marginal people will opt to move out. The very rich who have no problem with money, with $100k COE and multi million dollar shoeboxes will be happily wading to our shores.
The whole social framework and life style will not be the same again.