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Title: THE SINGAPORE IMPROVEMENT TRUST AND PRE-WAR HOUSING
Authors: CHENG SEOW CHENG
Keywords: Singapore Improvement Trust
Public housing Singapore
Issue Date: 1995
Citation: CHENG SEOW CHENG (1995). THE SINGAPORE IMPROVEMENT TRUST AND PRE-WAR HOUSING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) has a place in the history of Singapore. The SIT was set up in 1927 with the aim of improving the town and island. General Improvement plans of road construction and widening, eradication of insanitary buildings, acquisition of land and related schemes were implemented by the SIT. Despite the SIT being an improvement and not a housing authority, there are three major contributions of the SIT to pre-war housing. These were by no means small tasks in terms of effort and finance though it was insufficient to house the masses. They were the construction of Singapore's first public housing estate in Tiong Bahru, the building of the 558 units of Artisan Quarters in Balestier Plain, and the large programme of backlane work. In doing so, the SIT raised the health and living standards of the people besides providing better housing conditions installed with proper electricity, water supply and sanitation. Taking into consideration the unconducive political, economic and social environment faced by the SIT from 1927 to 1941, some allowances must be made for its inability to alleviate deteriorating housing conditions caused by overcrowding in the Central area. This was aggravated by the lack of British attempts to address the housing problems. Therefore, the ability of the SIT to execute the three major pre-housing schemes must be seen in this context, and due credit be given to its contributions. In brief, this thesis is a study of the three major contributions of the SIT in pre-war housing, making no comparison to the works of the Housing and Development Board (HDB). The severe limitations encountered by the SIT must be considered in evaluating the capability of the pre-war SIT. This sentiment is similar to that of Teo and Savage, in "Singapore Landscape": Given the difficulties and odds it faced, the SIT's performance should perhaps, be viewed more favourably.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153078
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