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KF Seetoh calls out Indranee for saying the cost of building HDB flats is “not helpful and not meaningful” to Singaporeans

"Saying the cost of building HDB flats is "not useful and not meaningful" is not what anyone can easily decree in Parliament." — KF Seetoh

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KF Seetoh took to social media calling for sincerity, transparency, and accountability in politicians.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 8), the founder of Makansutra made reference to Monday’s Parliamentary session, where Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh and Second Minister for National Development Indranee Rajah crossed swords.

The two spoke about whether to make public the breakdown of development costs of all new public flats and the subsidies applied to them.

Mr Singh suggested that releasing such data would be useful to track the amount of subsidies that go into helping people own a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat, but Ms Rajah disagreed, saying it was not “meaningful” to do so.

“Why would you have to disclose or put out the development costs of every single project? It’s just not meaningful. The key thing is, to the buyer: Is this affordable? And that’s what HDB does,” said Ms Rajah.

In his post, Mr Seetoh wrote: “Saying the cost of building HDB flats is “not useful and not meaningful” is not what anyone can easily decree in Parliament”.

“Only that most important and powerful force in politics can determine so..the voting citizens of Singapore- the true stakeholders of this land. And no, not all BTO buyers know the true cost of these flats , built with their public monies”, he added.
Mr Seetoh concluded his post by adding: “The only way you can appease and win them over, is to continue being sincere, transparent and accountable. That’s the only winning chip any politician can have”.

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