We have come a long way since 50 years ago in providing homes for Singaporeans. We are proud of our public housing legacy which our MND pioneers have laid the foundation for. We will continue to build on it, guided by the values which have been passed down from the early days of nation building.
Despite difficulties in recent years where demand outstripped supply, we have managed to help 25,000 families, most of them newlyweds, to secure their flats in the past few months. We will continue to help another 25000 families this year.
Besides the newlyweds, we are now able to spread our resources and look at housing needs of other groups, such as the 2nd timers, rental applicants, retirees, families wanting to live together or nearly, and victims of misfortune. While we are aggressively ramping up housing supply for Singaporeans, we also adopt a compassionate, inclusive and kind approach. The less privileged are also not left out, and we will continue to exercise flexibility for the less fortunate families.
Going forward, MND’s focus is beyond providing a physical roof – it is to facilitate the building of strong communities, preparing for an aged society and maintaining our competitive edge as a world class city. Our guiding ethos will be one of “compassion”, “inclusiveness” and “kindness”.
“But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!”