HDB towns highly livable, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new integrated development at Chong Pang estate that the ruling People’s Action Party government’s promises that all HDB flats will be deemed as good homes and valuable nest eggs for retirement.

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“We strive very hard to make all our new towns, all our HDB towns highly liveable,” he said.

“For one reason or other, there will be some which will still be more popular than others. I think that is just the way things are, it cannot be helped. But whether the town is very popular or very, very popular, every town and HDB, every estate you live in, you can be assured that it is well-planned, well-appointed, well-maintained,” he added.

According to PM Lee, the government is building HDB estates with up-to-date amenities that perfectly meet the modern living needs of its residents. He also mentioned that most cities in the world find this task hard to achieve.

“If you go to most cities, you will see that some areas are very nice, that is where the tour guide will take you, but there will be other areas which you may not see as a tourist – neighbourhoods left behind without much amenities, dilapidated or run down, or inconvenient to live in because it is a long journey to commute to work or to school.”

Meanwhile, every town in the country can be assured of “amenities, schools, clinics, hawker centres, kopitiams, sport facilities, good transport connectivity, not just within the town with shuttle bus services, but expressways, MRT lines to the rest of Singapore.”

Recently, public housing, particularly its cost, has been a hot topic in Singapore, with the opposition parties calling the system “fundamentally broken.” The opposition also called for a reset of policies.

However, this was dismissed by lawmakers in favour of a motion that affirmed the government’s commitment to better and more accessible housing. Lawmakers also stressed the importance of sustainable policy improvements.

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