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Pine Grove en bloc sale sows discord

Pine Grove en bloc sale sows discord.

The present collective sale process of the 660-unit Pine Grove condominium has become the most contentious with many issues emerging following two previous attempts, said 12 residents, reported the Straits Times.

For instance, the Collective Sale Committee (CSC) Chairman Singaram Kogilambal reportedly received a writ of summons from the court for allegedly defaming the property’s Management Committee Chairman Cheryn Chan.

Chan claimed that statements made by Kogilambal have resulted in people questioning her conduct, while the latter only said that it was “a personal matter for Pine Grove”.

Moreover, the WhatsApp chat group formed by residents to deliberate the sale has since splintered into three factions due to disputes, while meetings for the en bloc sale have become more intense.

In fact, the police revealed that a Pine Grove resident has lodged a report over intimidating messages.

“The (en bloc) process has become quite ugly, with some groups ostracising those who raise questions, and others raising their voices,” said an elderly resident who wanted to remain anonymous over fears of being harassed.

“I wish to stay out of this but I cannot as this involves the sale of my home,” said the resident of the 99-year leasehold estate built by the defunct Housing and Urban Development Company.

It is believed that over 60 percent of the owners have consented to the sale so far, but the Collective Sale Committee still needs to collect more signatures to reach the required minimum of 80 percent.

This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.