As The Online Citizen (TOC) reported on Sunday, the Minister of National Development will be questioned about the poor quality of recent flats, especially those under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS), and also those under the Build-To-Order (BTO) programme. (See here.)
The minister in charge, Khaw Boon Wan, has said little about the many complaints which homeowners have raised so far.
Besides the by now infamously narrow corridors at Pasir Ris ONE, for example, buyers were also unhappy over an entire slew of defects found in their flats – including leaking pipes, badly located water heaters, hollow tiles in their bathroom walls, scratched tiles, tiles with different shades of colours, windows which are nor properly installed, and so on.
At Pasir Ris ONE, one of the most obvious and conspicuous anomaly seems to be the ceiling at the ground floors.
The “gas vent” runs through the ceiling along the corridors, together with what looked like gas pipes, all seemingly put together in haste, and left exposed.
The “gas vent” looks like an after-thought thing. The developer seems to have forgotten about the gas vent, and then just plonk it up there, hold it up with a few screws and that’s it.
It is a wonder that such designs have been approved by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) or the Housing and Development Board (HDB).
TOC visited the DBSS development about a week ago and took a short clip of it.
Perhaps Mr Khaw will explain why such a design is allowed by the authorities.