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Elder care facility at void decks: Residents vent feelings at meeting

May 11, 2012 - 1:57am



The questions came fast and furious in the multi-purpose hall at the Katong Community Centre last night.

The residents of Blocks 10 and 11 Jalan Batu, in the Tanjong Rhu area, demanded to know why they were not consulted about a facility for the elderly slated to be built at their void decks.

Over 250 residents turned up at the rapid-fire dialogue, with resident after resident taking the microphone.

They left Member of Parliament for Mountbatten SMC, Mr Lim Biow Chuan, and Ministry of Health representative Teoh Szin Woon, group director of the Ageing Planning Office, almost no time to give their replies.



Does owning an unit in a particular HDB block confer voting rights to its owner in deciding the usages of void decks in that particular HDB block? Or does the HDB still retain all the voting rights? I believe that the legal owners should have the voting rights in deciding the fate of their own 'property' or investment! More absurdly, in the current 'HDB void deck/elderly care centre' scenario, where does the Ministry of Health derive any voting rights in deciding the fate/use of HDB void decks?

Guess reality is we don't own the void deck, neither do we own the car park, nor the common amenities. This is a testy issue but truth is - in time to come, we will probably want to "vote in" an eldercare facility in our estate. Guess when we are not personally in need of one, we can be smug and say - yes but not in my backyard, I mean void deck" 


I totally agree with you  Tan wah Gek . One Day every one needs home health care services as our children will not get time for proper care. Am I right Tan Wah...

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