HDB will consider measure to prevent emergence of foreign worker ‘enclaves’ in HDB estates
Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012
HDB flats are usually reserved for Singaporeans in the past and they are subjected to a strict ethnic quota to ensure adequate mixing of different races in the same estate, but not anymore with the relentless influx of foreigners which has changed Singapore’s demographics beyond recognition.
With PRs allowed to purchase resale flats easily and foreign workers renting flats in the HDB heartlands, ethnic enclaves are emerging in some areas like Sembawang, Sengkang and Geylang.
However, HDB will only ‘consider’ appropriate measure to discourage the formation of such enclaves in the HDB estates instead of proactively tackling the problem.
Speaking in Parliament today, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said HDB was currently monitoring the situation, and that the board does not have the equivalent of the Ethnic Integration Policy or Singapore Permanent Resident quota policy in the management of the number of foreign workers renting HDB flats or rooms.
Currently, foreign workers renting flats or rooms from HDB lessees form about five per cent of the total population living in public flats which does not include PRs buying flats in the HDB estates.
About 40 percent of Singapore’s population are now foreigners and the figure looks set to increase with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urging Singaporeans to do more to integrate with the newcomers on a personal level and at work lately.