Hock Kee House fully vacated - LTA and SLA thank owners and tenants for their cooperation and understanding
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- All 35 owners of units in Hock Kee House (HKH) have handed over their
properties to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) by today's deadline. The
Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SLA would like to thank the owners and
tenants of Hock Kee House for their cooperation and prompt efforts in moving
out of the building within the short notice.
- The last 12 owners vacated their units and handed in their keys to SLA
this afternoon. LTA and SLA officers were at the building to assist the
remaining owners with the necessary arrangements. The first owner to vacate
his unit had done so on 25 August 2005.
- BG (NS) Yam Ah Mee, LTA's Chief Executive said, "We are grateful to the
owners and tenants for their understanding and cooperation to move out of Hock
Kee House building despite the short notice. LTA has been working closely
with them in the past seven weeks and with other government agencies to see
how we could help them find alternative premises and relocate within the
deadline. We will continue to see how we can assist those who need further
- Since the announcement of the acquisition of Hock Kee House, LTA and SLA
have been working closely with Mr Othman Haron Eusofe, Member of Parliament
for the Marine Parade GRC, and his taskforce to assist the owners and tenants
to find suitable alternative premises and also provide any other necessary
assistance to help them expedite their relocation. LTA and SLA would like to
thank Mr Othman and the taskforce for their invaluable help at being an
effective link between the authorities, and the owners / tenants.
- As the building has been fully vacated, LTA will proceed with preparatory
works for its demolition. Prior to demolition, a five-metre high netting and
hoarding will be installed around the building to ensure safety and to reduce
any noise that may be generated during the demolition. Demolition works will
commence in the third week of October.
Acquisition of Hock Kee House
- The Government announced on 11 August 2005 that Hock Kee House would be
acquired under the Land Acquisition Act (LAA) and demolished in order to allow
construction works for the Circle Line to resume. The decision to acquire
Hock Kee House was only taken after all options were found to be not feasible.
The deadline given to the buildings owners and occupiers to move out of
their properties had been extended from 12 September 2005 to 3 October
- The Government has awarded the statutory compensation to the owners of the
properties in HKH according to the provisions in the LAA. The Government has
also taken into consideration financial hardship suffered by some owners
arising directly from the acquisition. For such cases, an ex-gratia payment
has been worked out, taking into consideration the personal circumstances of
each case. In addition, LTA has provided a special financial assistance
package over and above the usual LAA compensation to assist the owners in
making arrangements for relocation at short notice.
- Owners who are dissatisfied with the statutory compensation can lodge
their appeals with the Appeals Board. The Government has assured the owners
that the appeal process will not be affected even after they have handed over
their properties to the Government.
- The Appeals Board is an independent tribunal which consists of a Commissioner who is a Senior Counsel and two assessors who are eminent professionals in private practice in related fields such as valuation, architecture, quantity surveying and engineering.
The Land Transport Authority and Singapore Land Authority
3 October 2005