Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Khaw Boon Wan clarifies status of Toa Payoh SERS flats


SINGAPORE: Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said Block 31 at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh is managed by HDB for needy Singaporeans and is not leased to foreigners.

Blocks 32 and 33 along the same road, he said, are vacated Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) flats.

And in 2009, HDB leased these two blocks to EM Services at market rates as an interim arrangement.

Mr Khaw made the points in a written reply to oral questions raised by NCMP Lina Chiam in parliament on Monday.

She had asked why Blocks 31 to 33 at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh were leased by HDB, through its managing agent EM Services, to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) at below market rates to house its foreign employees.

Mr Khaw said on Monday the arrangement between EM Services and RWS is a commercial one.

EM Services had leased Blocks 32 and 33 to RWS to house its employees in 2009.

RWS has since returned Block 32 to EM Services and is only leasing Block 33.

HDB's leasing contract with EM Services will end in December 2012.

The flats will then be demolished for redevelopment.


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