Straits Times, July 4, 1989
A NEW booking system which will enable HDB
home buyers to find the flat of their choice
more easily started yesterday.
It will match buyers with Housing Board
flats by giving the buyers as much
information about the units as possible. The
system will enable them to pick a particular
unit in a particular block in the estate of
This will be in line with the HDB's
objective for the coming years --
"Quality and Choice in Public
Yesterday, applicants at the HDB Sales
Section in Jalan Bukit Merah were able to
look at detailed plans showing them where new
flats will be built.
These plans also gave the locations of
various facilities near the proposed blocks,
like markets, hawker centres, bus
interchanges, MRT stations, police stations,
post offices, schools and HDB area offices.
The new booking system, which was earlier
announced by the National Development
Minister, Mr S Dhanabalan, will help
applicants book specific units even before
the flats are completed.
Home buyers gave the thumbs-up to the new
system. They said that with more information
about the available flats, they will be
better able to make their choices as they
would know if the flat commands a good view,
has a good transport system or is near
schools and markets.
The 45,000 applicants already on the
board's waiting list will get priority for
new flats built this year and next year. They
will be given a list of 16 new towns where
46,000 new flats will be available. Letters
will be sent to the 15,000 people at the top
of the registration list in the next two
These applicants will be asked to choose
up to eight new towns and rank them in order
of preference. But the actual town they will
be assigned will depend on what others ahead
of them in registration number have chosen.
If they do not want to live in any of the
16 towns, they may opt out immediately and
get a full refund of their downpayment.
The next 15,000 people on the list will
receive their letters in late August while
the last batch will be informed in October.
The board hopes to process all these
applications by the end of next year. In the
meantime, new applicants can select a flat
under the Walk-In Selection Scheme. But if
they are not interested in the scheme and
want to be included in the new booking
system, they may wait for the next quarterly
They may apply now but their applications
will only be balloted around April next year.
They will then choose from flats in the 16
towns not already picked by those on the
The HDB hopes to announce its new detailed
building programmes every three months from
late next year. At the same time, it will
announce its general plans every subsequent
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