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Khaw Boon Wan visits China’s Tianjin Municipality

Posted by temasektimes on September 21, 2012

Despite his busy schedule in Singapore, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan still takes precious time off to visit China’s Tianjin Municipality where Singapore is co-developing an ‘eco-city’ together with the local government.

Mr Khaw will meet Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo and co-chair the 5th Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Council (STETC) meeting and will also attend the 3rd China (Binhai Tianjin) International Eco-City Forum and Expo (Binhai Forum and Expo) on Friday and Saturday.

The Binhai Forum and Expo is jointly organised by China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Tianjin Municipal Government and the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges.

Meanwhile at home, the prices of HDB flat continues to spiral out of control with a executive maisonette in Queenstown transacting at a shocking $1 million dollars recently.

 

24 Responses to “Khaw Boon Wan visits China’s Tianjin Municipality”

  1. Jack said

    Our minister making this trip out of his busy schedule to look for a cheaper fordable bike to improve even more productivity. He is really working very hard.

  2. Singkaypoh said

    Yeah very soon only Pandas & PAPayas can afford to live in HDBs, besides, he has nothing much to do here just letting prices shoot through the roof, better go buy some HDBs in China when still cheap, later can flip for fast profits.

  3. spotlessleopard said

    Mayebe they can develop a retirement village for our “useless” aged citizens..

  4. Ron said

    Do not blame Khaw that buyers are willing to pay $1 million plus for HDB re-sale apartments. They can pay $2 million too. Who cares. It is open market and has nothing to do with supply of HDB new flats.

    TT needs to have an IQ test. It is grabbing straws and failing to demonstrate its intelligence.

    • Davi said

      How much TT is not a issue. The issue is what the impact is to HDB price which affect lots Singaporean.
      To cow, 1mil HDB is not a big picture. That is why I feel his is lousy.

  5. P Koh said

    Is he going to China to help solve problems there or learn from them? Either way, there are much to do here and I think time will be better spent to fix our local problems on escalating cost of housing then go around visiting other countries.

    • Naivety said

      No lah, our Minister Cow of National Development is going there to impart his skills, knowledge & expertise to his counterpart in ‘land scarce’ China on how to erect & build multi million dollars HDB & Squatter flats…Lol

  6. Lim said

    Why are we throwing money into jt-venture ala Suzhou park or Tianjin eco-city or lose millions in Thai/Indonesia/India telco/port when we are so tight-fisted with our own people? We are making public housing millionaires in Pinnacle while condemning future generations unable to afford a roof cos’ it is beyond their reach, yet we have so much money to throw away elsewhere in foolish ventures.

  7. alamak said

    so $8 man got busy shedule but still got time visit Tinjin Money-chi pa-lity, meybe see how our money spend not like old Soochow projact 中国—新加坡苏州工业园区 now everybody forget awready hor. If property price all go up never mind lah everybody flat also up, only we gone to pay more property tax.

  8. Tortoise said

    Mr Khaw is planning to invite more of these “hard driving hard striving” foreign “talents” to push up our already very unaffordable flats.

  9. Eddie said

    Wonder how much we made from Suzhou..

  10. Auditor General said

    He is really trying hard to help China find new ways to cheat our money.

    • ghost of teh c w said

      Khaw is there to lure the rich Chinamen to buy HDB at inflated prices, convincing them that prices can only go up and up……

  11. 陳一峯 said

    personally i think he did the right thing. as a small country we should learn how to utilise our resources well.

  12. oute said

    Maybe we can “booked” for a BTO in Tainjin…

  13. Wolfglare said

    I think he going there to collect money for every PRC trash PAP let into Singapore per head $1000 so far abt 1.5 million PRC trash already here so you do the Mathis abt 1.5 billion dollars

  14. Lim said

    What is HDB doing with Pinnacle-type housing? Isn’t its job to build basic cost-recovery public housing for majority of poorer Sporeans? Why is HDB asking an arm and a leg from Sporeans by their profiteering? Yes Mr Khaw – myopic boasts that PInnacles sold will make owners milionaires. But future generations will be condemned to forever unable to afford public housing because soon it will cost trillions per pigieon hole. China will have a hard landing and we are going into technical recession – the bubble will burst.

  15. Kelvin Lawrence said

    I personally observed that Suzou was set up by our leaders However just across the road the Chinese set up another industrial hub and charge its tenants half the price in rental. Thus attracting those companies from Suzou to shift over. We had played ourselves into the hands of the Chinese. I hope that we have learned our lessons.

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