In land-scarce Singapore, accommodating the ever-increasing population within the boundaries of our geographical constraints is a daunting task. But HDB scholar Gwee Cai Lin is up to the challenge.
By Eugene Lim
From the 32nd storey of HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, one has a stunning view of Singapore's landscape, adorned with harmonious clusters of HDB flats reaching toward the skies. Within a brief span of two generations, the Republic, from her humble background of squatters and slums, has developed into a vibrant metropolis with a large majority of her citizens owning their homes. The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is a key organisation behind this exceptional transformation.
A new addition to the HDB team which tackles the challenge of meeting the housing needs and aspirations of Singapore's steadily expanding population, is Gwee Cai Lin. Fuelled by a passion for environmental issues, Cai Lin opted to study Environmental Engineering in NUS, a relatively new course at that time.