A reader has submitted more photos of shoddy workmanship done by the Housing Development Board (HDB), this time, at the Built-to-Order project Punggol Waterway Terrace 1.
Just this month, a series of construction workmanship complains were made again DBSS project Trivelis Towers at Clementi and HDB BTO Senja Gateway at Bukit Panjang by their respective residents. There was also a case of ruptured sewage pipe at Punggol Parc Vista BTO.
Since 2006, the Singapore Government imported an influx of foreign construction workers from China, India and Bangladesh. The current number of Work Permit Holders for the Construction Sector alone is estimated to be at least 200,000. There have been speculations believing that the low quality workmanship is a result of using cheap and untrained foreign labour.
Housing prices for BTO 4-room flats range around S$260,000 in far flung areas to S$450,000 in mature estates without subsidies. Singapore homeowners would normally borrow 25 years of loan to finance their mortgage. Despite such high costs, the HDB refuse to declare the construction costs of each flat, except to lament about losing hundreds of millions each year (see video below):