Why give HDB “citizen top-up” money to new citizens?


By Leong Sze Hian

According to the HDB’s web site –

Citizen Top-Up

The Citizen Top-Up is a $10,000 housing subsidy that is given to eligible Singapore Citizen/Singapore Permanent Resident (SC/SPR) households when a qualifying household member becomes a Singapore Citizen.

It is available to any of the following SC/SPR households who have:

  • Paid a premium of $10,000 for the purchase of an HDB flat direct from HDB
  • Taken a CPF Housing Grant for Family which was $10,000 lesser than an SC/SC household for the purchase of a resale HDB flat or a Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flat or an Executive Condominium (EC).

It is only distributed to:

  • The original SC applicant/ owner, or
  • The SC spouse who was previously an SPR (if listed as an owner)

Eligibility conditions

An SC/SPR household will qualify for the Citizen Top-Up in any of these instances:

  • The SPR spouse originally listed in the flat application obtains Singapore Citizenship status
  • An SC child is born to the SC applicant/ owner and spouse originally listed in the flat application
  • The SPR parent/ child/ sibling* originally listed in the flat application obtains Singapore Citizenship status”

I understand that in practically every country – citizenship is a privilege that is sought after by immigrants.

Are there any other countries that give $10,000 to new citizens? Is this not akin to “enticing” foreigners to become citizens?

How much of these “citizen top-ups” have been given over the years, with an average of 20,000 new citizens granted per year?

If the sum is used to provide for say cheaper HDB rental flats to needy families – wouldn’t it be better, fairer, more equitable, etc?

Has this “citizen top-up” ever been reported in the media or raised in Parliament?


  1. It shows how Heartless, Desperate, Brainless the PAP Govt is to use the hard earned money of true blue Sgreans born and raised in SG to buy votes of the trashy Third World opportunists the ICA blindly admits as new citizens. Anyone with eyes and brains know that the Third World trash who receive the pink toilet paper are just plundering from SG and give themselves no more than 10-15 years (ie voting PAP for 2 or 3 GEs) before selling off their HDB flats, emptying their CPF accounts and returning to their hometowns to live like kings for the rest of their lives.

    How many of the Tiongs and Pinoys admitted as SC during GCT’s time are still in SG today? Under LHL, the rot deepens at a faster, irreversible pace. You know the New PAP LEEdership is scraping the bottom of the barrel when they lift visa requirements and give out green, blue and pink ICs to people from Myanmar, the country that EVERY other First World Govt shuns. OECD countries may offer aid but will never set out the red carpet and offer residence status to them on a platter, much less throw in $10k hongbao for every new citizen.

    70% of Hopeless, Daft, Blind Sgreans voted for this sad and sorry state of affairs, but everyone bears the consequences of having Third World trash crowding them out and messing things up both at their workplaces and in their HDB estates.

  2. That’s because Singapore citizens stand to benefit from perks anyway because of citizenship privileges otherwise you’re asking to distinguish one type of pink ic-holder over another. The relevant question we should be asking is how easily we yield to granting pink ICs to begin with.

  3. I think the analysis is short of depth. First of all, tell us why there is this TOP-UP. Is it part of some country deal for Pioneer Citizens or those of us who face country economics like extra tax, change of old guidelines, etc and it is a make-up amount ? If it is, we can put a time based rule on top of citizenship. Otherwise, just passing a broad brush statement to excite or incite is too shallow journalism.

  4. Now you know why the CPF minimum sums keeps on raising and why that Party keep on raising taxes, they are using your money to buy votes from the new citizens and the 70% still gladly and stupidly supports that Party to replace Singaporeans with NEW Singaporeans.

    What irony ‍♂️

  5. Lawrence Wong, Tharman, LHL, is this true? You gave our money to new citizens? Why don’t you give your millions away, especially LHL. He must have had a huge inheritance and did not pay any tax on this huge sum. No wonder inheritance tax or estate duty was done away with.

  6. This boss deserves a National Award.

    “I Sacked 6 Pinoy Nationals And 1 Indian National On Friday”

    “Guys, on friday i sacked 6 pinoy nationals and 1 indian national at the MNC i work for fraud basically.

    One of the pinoy that was sacked was a HR personnel (Pinoy),
    another was an IT personnel (Indian National).

    What happened was that these two clowns had colluded in hiring their own nationals (mainly pinoys) in the company.

    Basically we had put up Job adverts looking for some people, now when the people sent the email, anyone that was singaporean was deleted, they kept only the foreigners (pinoys.)

    The IT personnel was basically bribed by the Pinoy to delete the log files on our SMTP server as well, making it seem that no singaporeans applied for the job.

    What the IT personnel does not know, i keep another log file separately (disguissed as a system file) sent to another server.

    When i saw the log files did not match the IT personnel gave some
    rubbish story only after i threatened to report him to the
    police, he told me the story.

    Basically the Pinoy hr had people from the phillipines apply for any openings in the MNC i work and deleted any resumes that were singaporeans and he managed to get 5 pinoys past me.

    They work on the idea that he gives the job their first salary belongs to the Pinoy HR. The Pinoy HR then gives 20% of that to
    the indian national to do cleanup on the server to clear traces.

    The HR and IT guy were sacked without notice on Friday. The 5 pinoys that got in were also sacked. These were not small jobs but jobs that payed more than 6K/mth

    Purpose i am making this post is so that you guys can be aware
    of the fraud going on in certain companies and games that foreigners are playing on singaporeans.

    Also for employers, you should also have a copy of a log file only you have access to, this will help when the HR lies about no singaporean applied for the jobs

    Sorry for the wall of text”

    Read the rant by the sacked Foreign Talent here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=670519616304504&set=a.518622691494198.110993.518247218198412&type=1&stream_ref=10