5,500 letters of appeal on HDB in 2012 in 1 GRC?

I refer to the article “Housing issues top concern at Meet-the-People sessions for AMK GRC” (Today, Jan 17).

It states that “Housing issues top the list of concerns raised by residents at Meet-the-People sessions in Ang Mo Kio GRC, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post today.PM Lee, who is a Member of Parliament of the GRC, noted that the GRC wrote 5,500 letters of appeal in 2012, and that a third of these revolved around the buying and selling of flats, and requests for rental flats.”

With 5,500 letters of appeal on HDB in one year in just one GRC, how many letters of appeal were written for all the GRCs and SMCs? – About 99,000? (15 GRCs and 12 SMCs)

In this connection, I would like to refer to the HDBSpeaks’ article “Is it true that HDB does not help home owners who are facing financial difficulty?

I informed the homeless person living in a homeless shelter now about the above response to her story (“Daughter became homeless caring for disabled mother“, Sep 25, theonlinecitizen), and she has written the following to clarify her side of the story.

“Ever since 2007 i resigned from my job to take care of my mom who was wheel chair bound,who had stroke.  So i ve to do everything on my own.i didn’t ask for outside help. i did seek MP help.This was on going till 2009.

When i did approach HDB Branch office the Senior officer MR ___ who was in charge there at that time.He was aware of my mother’s condition, and he also ask of her. And he said that of considering the downgrading to 3Room flat. And he also Assist me on applying for it. And i also ask him of the Loan that i m going to take, and it is the third time. he said he will help me on it, and ask me also seek the MP’s help.

Then secondly the Levy i ve to Pay the 45000. Do u think i ll sell to buy another. He ask me to seek MP’s help to by Waiving it off or matching it to the Loan.All this was i was not aware off.All this a officer said and i take his word. And the MP of _______ was aware off.

If he ask me to go for job matching where my is my mother.Firstly in this story,my mother is not there.secondly the officer told me to sell the flat, cos i can’t downgrade if i ve a flat.The 3Rm flat that apply for was reject cos i ve no 10% to pay so the officer Mr ______ ask me to reject it.Thirdly no one from the HDB ask me to go for seeking job matching assistanceor cdc or fsc or anything.In their story my mother doesn’t exsit.

I ve approach MP’s from _______, _____________ and ________ with my mother for home and financial help no one came forward to help.And in _____________ in one visit to see MP, there was a HDB officer,he said can help cos this is a special case.But after that no news from him too.

i would like to tell this each and very case is different.They ve to dill every one off them.My sibling never give a helping hand and the MP’s also,The Goverment agencies to never.tell me who else will.

Now my mom and i ve been spilit up.Who is there to see all this.My mom is crying in one place and me in one place.who is there to see all this.

And lastly about the Interim Flat that was given to me cos of Not by CDC or Any Goverment agencies but by the _________ MP who wrote for me. And HDB didn’t do anything but let me suffer.

And i did not reject the Interim flat.THE Interim flat that i was in at YUNG KUANG ROAD i was sick ever since i got there.The place was so hot. So i went to the HDB officer to ask for another place.

And i got it.June i went i got it in September.at that time i resigned from the job (pay about $5 an hour for 6 hours a day) due to health reasons as i was like on MC 2 to 3 times a week,and was having financial difficuty (even to pay for the interim rental flat deposit and utilities deposit). I went to HDB Personly to tell them this.And the officer there also say that went you get well then come back.

Rina (not her real name)”


Leong Sze Hian



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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.