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Mixed reactions to helping families live close together

Industry players, buyers in favour of idea but fear system may be abused

Published on May 29, 2014 7:37 AM

In an effort to strengthen family bonds, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan suggested measures to help more Singaporeans live with or near their parents - but they have drawn mixed reactions from property analysts, agents and buyers.

His most controversial suggestion was giving "absolute priority" to those applying for Build-To-Order (BTO) flats in the same estate as their parents - which would do away with balloting for these applicants.

While many were in favour of families living close together, some argued proximity to one's parents should not trump other reasons for getting a flat, such as being near schools or workplaces.

Others believe that such a priority system might be abused.

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