Forum: Tweak BTO system to help unlucky applicants

Cyber security analyst Joseph Lee told The Straits Times that he had been unsuccessful in his last five attempts to apply for a Build-To-Order flat in non-mature estates (Why are HDB BTO application rates so high? What does your queue number say about your chances?, June 1).

I am sure he is not alone in this situation.

While the system generally works, some tweaking may be needed to help the really unlucky ones.

I suggest that after three to five unsuccessful ballots, such applicants could be given priority balloting with two flat selection choices if successful.

If the applicant still doesn't make a selection after this, and his failure is due to fussiness over making his selection, then it is only fair that he reapply and start the whole process again.

Sonny Yuen

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