Tag Archives: KHAW BOON WAN

DAVE YAP: Higher S&CC must be justified by services provided

I am disappointed with the reasons for increasing service and conservancy charges: A spike in electricity tariffs, higher spending on lift maintenance and other operational costs.Every resident is affected by the higher cost of utilities, but where do we find recourse? We are always at the mercy of town councils as our sole service provider.Higher fees must be justified by the services provided.

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Does Minister Khaw know his work?

In a written Parliamentary reply to a PAP MP in July 2013, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that 200 first-time applicants have not succeeded applying for a new flat after three or more attempts.

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SINGAPORE KIDNEY PATIENTS UNABLE TO AFFORD HEALTHCARE AND CHOOSE TO DIE

Every year, some people choose death over dialysis when their kidneys fail. Without dialysis to clear toxins in their body, they are unlikely to survive long. But there are others who are forced to forgo dialysis because they cannot afford it, or because their families said no. Another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families as they were "old already". Six rejected dialysis because it was too expensive.

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KHAW BOON WAN: GOVERNMENT MAY EXTEND LEASE BUYBACK SCHEME TO BIGGER FLATS

Despite the low take-up rate so far, the Government is considering expanding a scheme that allows the elderly to sell part of their flat’s lease back to the Housing and Development Board (HDB). National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said yesterday his ministry is looking to extend the Lease Buyback Scheme to those living in four-room and five-room HDB flats. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a dialogue session with grassroots leaders on the Budget, Mr Khaw was responding to questions on what to expect at his ministry’s upcoming Committee of Supply (COS) debate next month.

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DBS BANK: Home prices may drop 15% this year

Singapore home prices may fall by 10-15 per cent this year as government cooling measures and tougher limits on borrowing continue to dampen the property market, DBS CEO Piyush Gupta said today (Feb 14). According to Mr Gupta, stress tests carried out by DBS showed that it can easily withstand a 30 per cent reduction in Singapore home prices.

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NMP Gerald Giam should not accept Health Minister’s nonsensical reply

Public hospitals should not admit foreign patients and deprive Singaporeans of hospital beds. Period. Gan should have simply admitted that Singaporeans should be given priority, agree to channel all invited foreign patients to private hospitals in future, learn from whatever mistakes and move on. Gan shouldn’t try to save face, beat around the bush and try to wriggle out of a mistake. Singaporeans are by and large a forgiving lot and we are really not dumb.

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HDB FLATS GETTING CHEAPER?

The median cash-over-valuation (COV) for Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale flats fell to S$3,000 in January, matching the previous low in June 2009 during the global financial crisis. According to data from the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX), the median COV sank to S$3,000 last month from S$5,000 in December.

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PAP WANTS MORE GOVERNMENT HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZEN HEALTHCARE NEEDS

The PAP Seniors group wants the Government to increase public spending in six areas to ensure healthcare stays affordable for older Singaporeans, especially members of the pioneer generation. The new lobby group for ageing issues set out its six proposals in a paper released on Thursday. They are for the Government to :

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KHAW BOON WAN: GUIDE DOGS ARE NOW WELCOME IN HDB FLATS

Khaw Bon Wan announced on Saturday that he has instructed HDB to make the policy on Guide Dogs in HDB flats an 'open policy' explaining that currently, HDB sees guide dogs as 'not HDB approved'. As it stands, only toy breeds are HDB approved but HDB explained that usually exceptions are made where visually impared persons lodge an appeal.

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PAP FINALLY CARES FOR OUR PIONEER GENERATION?

Healthcare affordability for the pioneer generation was the top concern at a dialogue session on seniors' needs. The newly formed People's Action Party (PAP) committee focusing on issues impacting the elderly held its first dialogue session on Tuesday evening. Facilitating the discussion, Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing said "quite a lot" of the input at the dialogue will go into shaping the government's Pioneer Generation Package.

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