I refer to Mr Yeo Shuan Chee's letter ("Can't buy bigger flat as wife is a work permit holder"; Monday).
A family nucleus comprising a Singapore citizen, with at least another Singapore citizen or permanent resident, can apply for a new flat of any type.
In the case of a Singapore citizen whose spouse is neither a Singapore citizen nor a permanent resident, they are treated as a single applicant, and are eligible to apply for only a new two-room flat.
Nevertheless, should the couple have a citizen or permanent resident child, they may apply for a new flat of any size.
Alternatively, the couple can consider buying a flat in the resale market, where a wide variety of flats are available to suit different budgets and needs.
Chan-Wong Jee Choo Lily (Mrs)Director (Policy and Property)Housing & Development Board
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