Centrale 8 [Photo: SIm Lian Group website]


Centrale 8 [Photo: SIm Lian Group website]
Centrale 8 [Photo: SIm Lian Group website]
Mr Heng Swee Keat will lead a task force to look into the complaints of homeowners at Centrale 8, the Design, Build, and Sell Scheme (DBSS) development in Tampines.

Mr Heng Swee Keat, the Member of Parliament of the area and who is also the Minister of Education, will “supervise” the task force which is being set up after residents there raised unhappiness over many defects in their homes.

The task force will “comprise members of the Tampines Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) and representatives from various agencies such as the Tampines Town Council and the Housing Board”, according to news reports.

The 708-unit Centrale 8 is built by the Sim Lian Group (SLG).

SLG was also the first developer to build Singapore’s first DBSS flats, the Premiere@Tampines, in 2006.

Questions are being raised about the roles of one of its directors, Dr Sim Loo Lee, who was apparently also a member of the Board of Directors of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) until 2008/2009.

TR Emeritus reports, “According to Sim Lian’s annual report, Dr Sim Loo Lee has been a director of Sim Lian Group since 2003. She also owns shares in the company.”

More precisely, Dr Sim is a non-executive director of the Board, according to its 2014 Annual Report.

According to this website’s definition of “non-executive director”, he or she does not participate in the day-to-day management of the firm.

However, it also says:

“He or she is usually involved in planning and policy making, and is sometimes included to lend prestige to the firm due to his or her standing in the community. Non-executive directors are expected to monitor and challenge the performance of the executive directors and the management, and to take a determined stand in the interests of the firm and its stakeholders. They are generally held equally liable as the executive directors under certain statutory requirements such as tax laws. Also called external director, independent director, outside director, or director at large.”

According to the HDB website, Dr Sim was appointed to the HDB Board in 2005, while at the same time being a director at Sim Lian Group.

HDB website
HDB website

“According to HDB’s Annual Report 2008/2009 (i.e. for the Financial Year to 31 Mar 2009), Dr Lim was still a director, but not in HDB’s Annual Report 2009/2010,” TR Emeritus says. “This means Dr Sim stepped down as a director some time in 2009.

“So, it can be concluded that from 2005 to 2009 Dr Sim sat on the board of Sim Lian as well as HDB.”

“The DBSS scheme was first proposed by HDB in 2005 and the first pilot DBSS site tender was launched that year,” TR Emeritus says. “The site for the pilot (i.e. the very first) DBSS flats were at Tampines Avenue 6.

“HDB later revealed that Sim Lian would build the very first DBSS flats called Premiere@Tampines. Indeed, on its website, Sim Lian also proudly announced that they are the very first developers of DBSS flats.

“It’s interesting to note that the Govt did not consider the potential conflict of interests when it invited a board director of a developer to also sit on the board of HDB, considering that HDB tenders out parcels of public land to developers from time to time.”

In the meantime, SLG says of the complaints of homeowners of its Centrale 8 DBSS in Tampines, “We have been engaging with home-owners individually over the past months to address their concerns and we appreciate the many home-owners who have signed off their defects form acknowledging satisfactory completion of the rectification works.”

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

“莫互相责难” 陈清木吁不分朝野专注防疫

新加坡前进党秘书长陈清木医生呼吁,对抗武汉肺炎当前不应分党派,应共同遏制疫情而不是互相责难。 他认为当前不论来自哪个政党,应共同努力、各司其职,并确保每个人都充分理解有关疫情。“我们当前的焦点是防堵(武汉肺炎)。要怪别人很容易,但如今应群策群力,打好防疫战。” 前进党在大年初三为党总部举行开幕仪式,有媒体在记者会上询问武汉肺炎对来届选举的影响,对此陈清木作出上述回应。 若疫情持续,太早选举不明智 不过他提醒我国必须严正看待武汉肺炎,若疫情持续,他认为太早举行选举并不明智,因为还必须考量到竞选和拉票活动高人流量带来的隐患。 他回溯2003年,我国政府也花了些时间,才得以完全理解沙斯疫情的散播和防堵方式。 “过去新加坡曾被英国广播电台赞誉,在防疫沙斯上采取“全球最严谨的措施”。”陈清木也忆述当时得知自己也成为沙斯患者后,便选择在家中隔离,并透过视频连线参与国会会议。 陈清木是前行动党议员、前总统候选人,也曾是一名执业医生。他在2018年底正式宣布“悬起听筒”,结束半世纪的行医生涯,再度踏上政坛。 “现今医院太靠近商场” 他认为本地医院大多与其他购物商场链接,这可能影响到武汉肺炎的防堵措施。他称对于未来医院的设计有必要重新检讨,他更倾向能设立独立的医院,以有效控制疾病传播。 “我还看到有病患在咖啡店喝茶,我有点担心。”

Improving Singaporeans’ Standard of Living

The following is the third in a three-part summary extract from the…

Singapore Changi Airport reached all-time high of 58.7 million passengers in 2016

Singapore Changi Airport has announced that in 2016, it has reached 58.7…

DPM Heng Swee Keat tells Swiss newspaper there’s no nepotism in Temasek and GIC

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was interviewed by Swiss newspaper, Neue…