Quoteworthy – Singapore National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan, picture via Straits Times.com
National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan, picture via Straits Times.com

“We cannot be building new flats to cater to every last person who wants a new flat…because if you do that, then obviously you are over-building.”

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan

Source: HDB to offer 8,000 flats (Straits Times, 9 July 2009)

So this means we should undersupply flat to keep prices sky-high?

Simple demand and supply that anyone who went through a introductory economics 101 class also can figure out. Demand is INELASTIC because HDB flat is the cheapest form of housing available to Singaporeans and everyone needs a roof over their head. If you trim the supply, prices naturally go up.

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4 thoughts on “Quoteworthy – Singapore National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan”

  1. exactly. and it’s pretty much the same for everything else, say, erp. it seems that the solutions they come up with always cost us more money. makes you wonder (1) whose problems are those to begin with and (2) who the solutions are really meant for.

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