The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

HDB reviewing ethnic quotas for rental flats


The Housing Board is in the midst of reviewing the ethnic quotas for public rental flats to take in the demand from various ethnic groups, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament today.

Currently, 60 per cent of its rental blocks have reached the limit allowed for Malay residents, which is 25 per cent per block, he said, responding to a question from Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC).

Generally, HDB's ethnic quotas are reviewed from time to time to respond to demographic changes, said Mr Khaw.

He made clear that applicants for rental housing are assessed and approved on a strict needs-basis, regardless of their ethnicity. They are allowed to choose the location zone where they would like a rental flat, and are informed of the estimated waiting time for a flat in that zone, as well as the zones where they would not have to wait as long.