A quick check on the Internet showed that Mr Khaw may have been too quick to give out such assurance to Singaporeans. HDB flat sizes, apparently, have been shrinking.
According to a ST report on Nov 26, 2011, HDB had released a statement confirming that the average HDB flat has shrunk over the years.
HDB said that this is due to the need to maximise Singapore’s limited land and to adapt to changing household sizes. This meant sizes of each flat type had to be made slightly smaller over time as the average number of occupants per HDB flat shrinks. It added that HDB regularly reviews flat sizes, taking into account factors such as changes in demographic trends and lifestyle habits.
HDB came out with the statement after its CEO Cheong Koon Hean had earlier said that living in a smaller HDB flats does not mean having a lower quality of living, which angered the public.
Still, Mr Khaw might want to check the Internet first before making public statements in future.