$8 by pass, 30% cheaper flats…?
Boon Wan must have read all the negative comments after his infamous $8 open heart by pass surgery in Class A ward. Thought he would be more careful as his popularity among the people fell by a few notches. Anymore such blurbs would be disastrous to his credibility and what he said. People would be more careful when he said things that are too good to be true.
When he announced in Parliament that HDB was going back to basics, to provide housing for the people, I refused to use the word affordable anymore, I thought he really meant business this time round. I was kind of encouraged when he said new flats could be 30% cheaper. I don’t doubt the feasibility of this as the actual cost, still a non transparent transparent official secret, is definitely something to hide from the people. The building cost is definitely quite low and the sales price of HDB flats can be brought down much lower than 30%, if only the true construction cost is known. Anyway, I gave him the benefit of the doubt even though it was too good to be true.
Now, to the disappointment of everyone again, but many have seen it coming, the 30% cheaper flats will come with many conditions. Simply put, he is pitching to sell an apple for half its price, but it will be half an apple, not the whole apple. Singaporeans are used to this kind of talks, nothing new anymore. The worrying thing is the 6.9m population and the higher quality of living in 2030. Read the fine prints or wait for all the terms and conditions that have yet to be spelt out.