Not all low-wage earners are cheering the proposal to give them a $50 raise.
One 66-year-old cleaner who earns $800 a month said she had turned down a pay increase last year because it would have put her in a higher salary bracket.
She said that with a $50 raise, the rent for her one-room flat would go up from $26 to $111. That would mean her monthly income after rent would be $35 lower, rather than $50 higher.
But HDB said it exercises flexibility to ensure that no one ends up out of pocket after getting a raise because of higher rent.
Some have called gradual increases in the rent, to address the problem.