Rich tenants depriving poor of public housing

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 May, 1997, 12:00am

I heard the news that a public housing tenant who used $100,000 to decorate his flat was forced to move out after ignoring several warnings given by the Housing Department asking him to return his apartment to its original condition.

The termination of the tenancy was served on the grounds that the tenant violated the clauses stipulated in the tenancy agreement.

I am sure this news will infuriate those on the waiting list for public housing.

There are tenants willing to use such a huge sum to decorate their flat, but who refuse to give it up for those in need.

Why are well-off tenants allowed to live in public housing which is intended to be used by the poor? After living in subsidised housing for many years, these tenants become rich.

Seeing the huge amount they invest in decorating their flats, it is clear they can afford a private house or a home-ownership flat.

However, they are still reluctant to move out of public housing. It is no wonder many public housing tenants can afford a Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

I want to remind people that all public housing is a social resource.

These homes should be fairly allocated to those really in need.

These public housing tenants are, in fact, tapping other people's resources to maintain their luxurious lifestyles.

Do these people feel no shame? MONA SO Tsing Yi