Khatib Court is a HDB BTO project launched in September 2013 [Link]. It is sited next to the Khatib MRT station. The development consists of two 14-storey residential blocks and offers 310 units of Studio Apartments and 3-room flats. The expected completion date is in 2nd quarter of 2017.
Specifically, it is located at Yishun Neighbourhood 8, part of Nee Soon South ward. Nee Soon South generally encompasses Yishun Neighbourhood 8 (Khatib), part of Neighbourhood 7 and private residential areas along Sembawang Road (near Sembawang Army Camp).
Nee Soon South used to be an SMC but was absorbed into Ang Mo Kio GRC in 1997 after SDP narrowly lost there in 1991 GE. It remained in Ang Mo Kio GRC till 2011 GE when it was merged together with other wards in Yishun to form the present Nee Soon GRC.
The PAP MP specifically in-charge of Nee Soon South is Er Dr Lee Bee Wah. She is also the grassroots adviser there [Link].
The reader who forwarded the information on the BTO project at Khatib highlighted that the C&S (Civil and Structural) engineering service has been awarded to LBW Consultants LLP, a consultancy owned by MP Lee Bee Wah [Link]:
Ms Lee was a Malaysian before she became a Singaporean MP. Her consultancy firm, LBW Consultants, provides “civil, structural, project management and golf course design services” while her other company, LBW Engineering, provides turnkey solutions and product distribution for satellite communications.
In fact, her companies have a lot of experience participating in numerous residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects in Singapore [Link]. They even include military ones:
- Proposed Airport Emergency Services (AES) Training / Live-Fire Fighting Facilities at Paya Lebar Airbase
- Proposed Upgrading of Khatib Camp
- Proposed Upgrading of Kranji Camp
- Proposed Upgrading & Renovation of Hangars in Sembawang Air Base
- Proposed Upgrading of School of Ammunition in Rifle Range Road Camp II
- Proposed Upgrading of Airfield Ground Service Section in Sembawang Air Base
Last month, it was reported that she intends to set up 50 more designated public spots in Nee Soon South, where smokers can smoke (‘More light-up shelters to curb second-hand smoke’, 28 Jan). It was reported that the decision was made, “following a successful year-long pilot scheme”.
Six shelters for smokers have been erected during the pilot. The shelters were funded by NEA with the objective of reducing second-hand smoke in Nee Soon South.
To see how “successful” the pilot scheme has been, TRE sent a correspondent to Nee Soon South to take a look at the smoking shelters during lunchtime on 3 Feb. It didn’t appear to be as “successful” as what Ms Lee had told the media, observed the correspondent (‘Countering LBW’s claim smoking shelter scheme works‘).
In any case, it should be comforting for the new residents of Khatib Court to know that their HDB flats are structurally being certified by their very own MP, Lee Bee Wah.
Since last year (2014), Ms Lee’s consultancy has been merged with Meinhardt Group International: