Unhappy DBSS flat owners petition DPM Teo Chee Hean to intervene


About 200 residents of Pasir Ris One have signed a petition saying they are dissatisfied with the poor workmanship and low-quality materials the developers had used to build the DBSS flat. About 50 representatives met with the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean yesterday (27 May) night to submit the petition asking Mr Teo to intervene in asking the contractor to extend the defect liability period of their flats. The DPM is the Member of Parliament for the division in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

According to Channel 8 news, the DPM is seen going into a preschool at about 8.10pm to attend the discussion with the petitioners. He left about half an hour later. Mr Teo refused to speak to the media about what transpired.

The homeowners first cried foul in June last year. The 447-unit development is one under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS), and consists of three-, four- and five-room flats. The purchase prices of these homes are reported to be between S$390,000 to S$470,000 for 3-room flats, and S$550,000 to S$670,000 for 4-rooms.  (See here.)

The Online Citizen (TOC) reported at that time that the corridors of the flats are so narrow that two persons can hardly walk side by side; that the the corridor of one block was only 1.2m wide.
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Among other shortcomings of the DBSS development, TOC further highlighted the gas vents installed on the ceilings along the corridors.

picture credit: TOC
picture credit: TOC

Pasir Ris ONE is a joint project between Sing Haiyi Group and Kay Lim HoldingsAccording to HDB rules, homeowners have one year to inform the developer of any defects.

In response to queries from the media on the shortcomings of the Pasir Ris One a HDB spokesman said that the agency “has been actively engaging the developer of Pasir Ris One to address the concerns of residents”.

“Discussions are ongoing between the developer and the residents, and HDB is closely monitoring the progress,” she added.