We refer to Ms Josephine Chia's letter, 'Single PR can't buy resale HDB flat' (Feb7), and Ms Teo Wai Lee's letter last Sunday, 'Single PRs and HDB flats'.
The needs of Singaporeans always come first. Permanent residents (PRs) who are singles are not eligible to buy an HDB flat alone under the Single Singapore Citizen scheme. They could consider other housing options, such as buying or renting private properties, renting a room or a whole HDB flat, or staying with their friends or relatives.
In Ms Chia's case, since her sons are Singapore citizens, she can buy an HDB flat together with either or both of them, if they meet the eligibility conditions collectively.
Lily Chan-Wong Jee Choo (Mrs)
Deputy Director (Policy and Property)
Housing & Development Board
Source: Sunday Times, 21 Feb 2010