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HDB lessees ripped off by PAP town councils for their improper lift maintenance

With the 15 PAP town councils announcing there will be yet another S & CC hike, the HDB lift enhancement wayang is finally over. (“PAP town councils to raise service and conservancy charges from June”)

The increase this round will be about double the previous increase in 2014 and will be phased in over 2 years to make it more acceptable. The maximum amount increased for HDB lessees, after the second increase in June next year, is $17.

Assuming an average increase of $10 per month and 900,000 HDB units managed by 15 PAP town councils, they will be earning an additional $108 million yearly.

Of course HDB shops and offices are also not spared, with many forced to cough up the maximum $40.50 increase. Increased business costs will ultimately be passed on to consumers.

The reason given by PAP town councils is “rising costs associated with maintaining estates”. But was rising maintenance costs also cited as the reason for the 2014 increase?

PAP town councils have been running surpluses every year which had been transferred into their perpetually-increasing sinking funds. Isn’t this similar to Temasek and GIC which keep increasing their assets instead of spending on improving the well being of citizens? What is the real intention of having sinking funds?

Are sinking funds not set up for the sole purpose of cyclical maintenance which includes lift replacements? Why do PAP town councils suddenly require more than $100 million annually for lift enhancement? Bad planning?

With the government chipping in hundreds of millions in tax dollars for lift enhancement, PAP town councils would not have to exhaust their sinking funds to enhance lift safety. Why do they keep increasing sinking funds with no intention of using it for cyclical maintenance?

It is also strange that private sector estate managers do not face this issue. Were HDB lifts so improperly maintained that lessees are now forced to pay the price for our estate managers’ incompetence?

In the private sector, residents would have been consulted before implementing such drastic fee increases. Under the PAP system, these clowns are given access to millions in tax dollars and the power to increase S & CC without consultation with those affected.

PAP MPs who are effectively our estate managers should be held responsible for screwing up lift maintenance, not HDB lessees. When PAP town councils cut corners, ie no oversight of lift contractors, using inferior made in China parts and are only focused on the bottom line, problems are bound to arise. This is common sense.

By arbitrarily increasing S & CC, HDB lessees are being ripped off for the improper lift maintenance by PAP town councils. Since our estate managers are also PAP MPs, aren’t HDB lessees paying the price for their incompetence?

Phillip Ang
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9 Responses to “HDB lessees ripped off by PAP town councils for their improper lift maintenance”

  • You asked for it. Enjoy!:

    This is what the majority of Singaporeans asked for when they voted for PAP in the last GE. Do not complain.

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  • OK lah, increase hgher plz:

    It’s OK, juz keep increasing, nvm.
    Those many aunties & working adults believe Sgp is a better & safe place on earth, increments erare OK & affordable.

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  • opposition dude:

    Ah Uncle Ang, you miss one very crucial point.

    The elected bugger from PAP may be the MP but let’s be honest, how much power does an MP have, even if he is a minister? We know these monkeys won’t be speaking up on behlaf of their voters since they support whatever their party does.

    Of course a lot will kpkb about this increase but all will be long forgotten when the next GE comes around and PAP starts to bribe voters. It’s been this way for decades liao so not much will change.

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  • Out of touch:

    To increase at this time when economy is bad just show how out of touch is our top people with the common man problem .
    Crazy decision…

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  • justacitizen:

    If the TC had OPERATING surpluses every year, then why were the lifts not properly maintain and parts replace? Why transfer the OPERATING fund surpluses to the sinking fund when there are maintenance needs?
    And now that the ill maintained lifts are starting to breakdown they want us to pay! That is dereliction of duty!

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  • nihon:

    the white demons part time mps are just duds and rubber stampers.

    a bunch of useless good for nothings. it is the cronies and running demons that get the job done, these duds just come in to sign on the papers. and when their estate managers blundered, they blamed the lift contractor.

    who appointed the lift contractor? did they check the parts for lift?

    who waived the requirement for yearly lift inspection? why did bca waived it? was bca influenced by these clowns and grassloot lackeys?

    if this happened in wp’s aljunied, they will wayang in pariahment again!

    did you vote wisely?

    make the lazy papigs work harderest.

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  • Brutal truth where r u?:


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  • angeline:

    Well said why is there increase when every year there is surplus and it is going to the ‘sinking fund’ which supposed to be going to help mitigate the cost increase, no???

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  • RDB:

    They sink in the money to then claim as good governance. But is actually their Pees And Poos type Poh Lam Pa of their voters as PAP governance con grants to town counsels to look good. And their so called sinking is also on the quiet used to set up their other Pee And Poo EMSU for lifts upgrading that their Mah Bow Tan make all wait till they have some 20 odds in EMSU as top guys to be further enriched.

    So that COE is always affordable as their Mah Bow Tan said of forever rising HDB flat prices are still ever affordable. Till even DPM & finance minister Tharman even claimed that a $1,000 a month salary oso can afford a 3-room Howsio Deal Flat! See how they can scam Singaporeans? Even after Lee Kong Yew called ALL Singaporeans as daft to even himself daft to include himself as their Biggerererest DAFT of all he called! Siow lio boh har!

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