Latest TODAY column: Time to fly the coop? Better not, outside not so safe
Recently, one too many windows came crashing down in the space of a week (instead of having the courtesy of spreading out the falling over a year), and this became an issue of national importance that required decisive kungfu-cum-taichi action.
In fact, we are told the old aluminium rivets that used to hold our windows together are no longer the safe standard, even though the HDB themselves used the same ones in many of their new flats previously. Stainless steel rivets are now the new safe standard.
Out of goodwill, the kind HDB will pay 50% of the cost of replacing the “old standard” rivets in the flats they built. Yes, you heard right, THEY built.
It is even called the “Goodwill Rivet Replacement Program” for the replacement of casement windows installed by the HDB. Not the “We Used the Wrong Rivets Then and Now Windows are Falling on People’s Heads Replacement Program”.