Two-part documentary to mark HDB 50th anniversary

Singapore’s Housing Development Board (HDB) celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

And to mark the occasion, the challenges facing Singapore’s public housing are documented in a special two-part series.

Eight in 10 Singaporeans live in HDB flats.

And with changing needs and aspirations, the face of public housing has transformed in the last 50 years.

New flats with more modern finishes are being built, while middle-aged HDB estates are upgraded.

Yuen Ho Wah who has lived in the Dawson area over the last 50 years is excited about the changes slated for the estate.

“They are building more flats and they are going to enhance this area with parks, open spaces. In a way it will benefit us too,” said Yuen, a HDB resident.

But there are challenges to be tackled, such as keeping flats affordable, maintaining their value, and catering to the needs of the elderly.

Bricks and mortar aside, public housing with the sharing of common spaces provides Singaporeans with a shared experience.

“The HDB experience is… a common experience for many Singaporeans. And this is what builds a certain bond among us,” said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan.

And with Singapore opening its doors to new immigrants, the challenge ahead for HDB is to integrate them into the heartlands of Singapore.

You can catch the two-part series “My Place, My Home” on Channel News Asia this Monday and on May 10 from 9.30 to 10pm.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 2 May 2010

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