Look at this letter written to the Straits Times by a resident, who’s mad at the HDB for not informing Clementi residents that it was planning to build a funeral parlour near their homes.
And finally, the dreaded question: isn’t this a breach of faith by the HDB? It took care to include features in the site plan for residents, such as placement of dustbins, but left out any mention of a funeral parlour.
In the Sengkang columbarium incident, the HDB only gave a “maybe we might build a funeral parlour” in the fine print on Fernvale Lea online site plan.
On the sales brochure, there was no mention that a columbarium could be built at all. Rather, it stated in the description that facilities could include other “ancillary uses”.
They would only have been aware that a columbarium would be built if they checked the meaning of “ancillary uses” in the URA’s guidelines.
So folks, it does pay to read history. Because sometimes, it does repeat itself, HDB notwithstanding.