Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Raymond Anthony Fernando’s letter to the press: A home is a sanctuary, not a money-maker

My letter to MediaCorp’s TODAY Newspaper appears today, Tuesday 11th April 2017.
I refer to the report “HDB leases: Buyers’ short-term focus may lead to future woes” (March 28).
Since there are residents who feel that the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme is a way to make money, the National Development Minister is right to set the record straight on this scheme, lest speculation continues.
I also agree with the letter “Odds stacked against getting windfall from Sers” (April 5).
A home, whether it is public housing or private property, must be a sanctuary for any family — a place of peace and rest after a day’s work or studying at school. A family should be happy to call it home.
With the Home Improvement Programme, which is heavily subsidised and includes several elderly-friendly features, flat owners, the elderly in particular, can be assured of a safer environment.
Some who have benefited from the programme, however, are seizing the opportunity to sell their flat in the hope of making a profit.
It does not help when property agents are stuffing flyers through gates and into the letterboxes of renovated homes in an attempt to lure owners to sell their flats.
House-hopping for monetary gain should be discouraged. Public housing, in particular, with all the government grants, must not be a money-making business, or else we would indirectly be creating a culture in which money becomes the be-all and end-all.
I cannot understand why people think nothing of packing and unpacking each time they move house. Moreover, the noise generated after new owners buy a flat can inconvenience the neighbours in the block and the opposite block.
This is happening in my neighbourhood practically every month.

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