The Straits Times
Published on Jan 28, 2013

Unsuccessful twice despite priority for BTO flat application


MY FAMILY has always lived in a rental HDB flat. However, since I had accumulated some money in my Central Provident Fund, I decided to apply for a Build-To-Order (BTO) flat with my parents.

We have applied twice but our efforts have come to naught both times.

The first time, we did not even get a queue number despite our MP making an appeal and re-appeal.

The second time, we got a queue number of 915, but just a few days before the flat selection, we received a computer-generated e-mail from the Housing Board saying that the quota for Chinese had been filled and there were no more available units for us.

I am puzzled and have doubts about putting in a third application.

Based on the facts, my family should have priority in getting a flat:

- My married parents are first-time homeowners.

- I am also a first-timer and am a single above 35 years of age.

- Our first application was to get a flat near my brother's house, so that it would be easier for us to take care of our ageing parents.

- The Government is encouraging children to live with their parents, which is so in my case.

How does the HDB decide if an application for a BTO flat is successful?

Henry Chua Tiong Heng