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The HBA responds ....
We at the National House Buyers Association (HBA) wish to thank the public
for the encouraging vote of confidence. As an association made up of
volunteers, it is certainly gratifying and heart-warming to know that we are
viewed in such positive light and that our efforts to work for the best
interest of buyers have been recognised.
However, HBA in its current state is an independent Non-Governmental
Organisation beholden to none and we receive no benefit from the Government
or from any other party. In this form, we are able to maintain our
independence and champion the rights of buyers without fear or favour.
By institutionalising the association, HBA would be viewed as part of
the governmental system, which will likely cause us to lose our focus and
objectivity as well as interfere with our sense of independence and fair
We believe the best way to protect buyers from exploitation is through our
active and aggressive defence of their interest in our current form: Driven
by passion and on a voluntary basis manned by unpaid personnel with the full
support of the press as well as like-minded professionals who are willing to
participate in our objective of ensuring justice for buyers.
Among the fruits of our efforts is the Tribunal for Homebuyers Claims and
the upholding of awards to aggrieved buyers made by it. This was made
possible by our panel of volunteer lawyers, working with the
The point is that buyers are already empowered through the HBA, without the
association having to be institutionalised.
Chang Kim Loong,