The debate about terminology such as & # 39; tenant & # 39; or & # 39; owner & # 39; is largely academic and has a lot to do with nothing.
I recently watched a documentary from Hong Kong investigating why Singapore has succeeded in housing its population, while people in Hong Kong face so many problems.
In an interview with Singapore's former master planner, Liu Thai Ker, he emphasized an important difference – that Hong Kong has a lot of land, but most of it is considered private and kept forever by its owners, while in Singapore most of it land is used for public housing, and even private land can be obtained by the government for development if necessary.
After seeing the show, I think it's great that we have a government that looks after the interests of the majority instead of serving only the rich.
In the show, Hong Kongers living in Singapore expressed great admiration for the spacious apartments and carefully planned townships here, compared to those in their city.
In short, whether it concerns a lease of 99 years or a long lease, it is a misconception to think that someone can own something for eternity.
Instead of arguing with trivialities, we must count our blessings that the majority of us have a place where we can find our home as long as we live.
Seah Yam Meng