Heng to lead taskforce to look into complaints over Centrale 8 DBSS estate

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will oversee a special taskforce formed to look into the complaints of residents living in the Centrale 8 Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) estate in Tampines.

The move comes after a group of residents had sent a petition to Members of Parliament (MPs) from Tampines GRC about the recurring defects found in their homes.

In an email to the residents by the chairman of the Tampines Town Council Baey Yam Keng, which was obtained by Channel NewsAsia, Mr Baey said the taskforce will comprise representatives from relevant Government agencies, the developer Sim Lian and the Tampines Town Council.

“It will be led by a small group of experienced grassroots leaders, supervised by Minister Heng himself personally,” said Mr Baey, who is also an MP in Tampines GRC, in the email.

He added that Mr Heng is taking a “personal interest in the matter” and they are confident that the matter can be amicably resolved through a collective effort.

Residents from 400 out of the total 708 units at Centrale 8 who signed the petition are calling for compensation and the extension of the one-year warranty period for the developer to rectify the defects. They had complained that “inferior quality of materials” had been used in the construction of the units.

The DBSS scheme was suspended in 2011, but has been under the spotlight in recent months after recent complaints by residents over defects found in new DBSS flats.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 24 Jun 2015

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