Woman gets backlash after making disparaging comments about 'HDB people' on LinkedIn

The woman responded with "Lolll".

Kelsy Koh | May 25, 2023, 07:20 PM

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A woman's post on LinkedIn criticising Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat dwellers has people online up in arms.

In the post dated May 22, 2023, a LinkedIn user Satwant Kaur, self-proclaimed "nationalist", made many sweeping remarks, commenting how "HDB people" and "private residence people" are "very different".

She also felt it was "necessary to limit contact" with the "HDB people".

Her post has since been taken down, and her profile could no longer be found on LinkedIn.

"They are about money, not values."

The post was relatively inconspicuous on LinkedIn even after people started reposting it on Reddit and other platforms.

LinkedIn post by Satwant Kaur Screenshot via LinkedIn

That is until a young Singaporean decided to call her out by replying to her post.

Image via LinkedIn

The university undergraduate, Nadine Lee, pointed out that the "unique culture" of the "HDB people" that Kaur took issue with is called "homeownership".

"The gainfully earned right to have proper shelter and someplace you can call yours," Lee emphasised.

She pointed out that "most of us (Singaporeans)" are trying to disavow elitist tendencies and "trying to treat each other well", yet Kaur is "excitedly trying to go in the other direction".

Other LinkedIn users chime in

Lee's post resonated with other people on LinkedIn who joined in to give her a piece of their minds.

LinkedIn comment by Carisse Y.

LinkedIn comment by Richard J Mayne

Woman didn't take it well

Lee's response to her post did not amuse Kaur.

Image via LinkedIn

She also doubled down on her views in other comments and responses, but the posts and her profile were eventually deleted.

Chaos on other platforms

While the "exchanges" on LinkedIn were a lot more civil, the comments on other platforms were a lot more emotional.

Moderators of the subreddit r/Singapore decided to lock the thread with over 2,000 upvotes after 95 (undeleted) comments.

The thread on the subreddit r/LinkedInLunatics has (as of May 25, 2023, afternoon) over 2,500 upvotes and over 450 comments.

More than five threads on the same topic appeared on the forum HardwareZone.

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