Why is HDB concealing information which should be in the public domain?

From: pipakh
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:55 AM
Cc: PM LEE PA 1 ; <a title="plgmail ; HDB CEO ; <a title="CHAIRMAN ; HDB Li Suping LI (HDB) ; <a title="QSM ; MND QSM 1 ; <a title="lawrence_wong ; PERM SEC MND ; <a title="PSD_PS21 ; PSD Enquiry (PSD) ; <a title="PSD_QSM ; ST LOCAL ; <a title="stnewsdesk ; TOC ; <a title="news ; TRE ; <a title="organising ; YAHOO ; <a title="zblocal ; SDP ; <a title="crm
Subject: Why is HDB concealing information which should be in the public domain?

Dear PM Lee

I refer to my queries to the HDB on information which should have been in the public domain. (an email enclosed below, and a few others)

HDB has not been forthcoming and has even quoted outdated statistics from a Hansard report dated August 2013.

Is it productive of HDB to take months to answer 2 very simple questions? Is this the standard of Public Service 21?

The government has frequently stated it wants to engage the public. However, this appears to be only lip service.

I hope the PMO will remind HDB executives of their role as public servants who are funded by taxpayers like me.

Thank you and have a nice day.


Phillip Ang

From: pipakh
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 1:37 AM
To: Larry_SH_TEO
Subject: 20161220 HDB has not answered my queries

Dear Mr Teo

Thank you for your reply.

Unfortunately, you have not answered any of my queries, which were:

1. What is the estimated number/percentage of citizens living in HDB flats?

2. What is the estimated number of foreigners living in HDB flats?

Perhaps you may not have understood my queries, so please allow me to elaborate.

For question (1), HDB should be able to disclose the absolute number of citizens living in public housing as it has all the records. Our latest statistics show there are 3.408 million Singaporeans. Out of 3.408 million Singaporeans, how many live in public housing?

For question (2), foreigners include PRs as well as those with work permits living in HDB flats. HDB has all the records of sub tenants as is required under its subletting rules. My question refers to the total absolute number of work permit holders and PRs living in public housing.

I hope the above helps you better understand my queries.

Thank you.


Phillip Ang

From: Larry_SH_TEO
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2016 8:46 AM
To: pipakh


Your Ref :
Our Ref :
Date : 15 Dec 2016
TEL : 64901026
EMAIL : Larry_SH_TEO@hdb.gov.sg


Dear Mr Philip Ang

I refer to your request for statistics below.

2 The estimated resident population (i.e. Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents) who stays in HDB flats is 3,200,000. Based on the Hansard report of the parliamentary sitting in Aug 2013, about 51,000 (or 6%) of HDB sold flats are fully owned by Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs).

Yours sincerely


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2 Responses to Why is HDB concealing information which should be in the public domain?

  1. goondu lee says:

    6% of “HDB sold” flats not the same as 6% of HDB flats. What we want to know is the percentage of HDB flats owned by PRs. The PAP government really good at twisting and turning, giving none answers to people’s questions.

  2. Phillip Ang says:

    The figure is probably much higher as tens of thousands could have purchased on the resale market. Again, opposition members should not accept half past six answers in Parliament.

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