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SINGAPORE: It is "too early" to relax the property market cooling measures, as doing so could result in a market rebound, Mr Lawrence Wong said in Parliament on Monday.

The National Development Minister was responding to a question from Holland Bukit-Timah GRC MP Christopher de Souza, who asked if the Government would consider removing the Additional Buyers Stamp Duty (ABSD) for Singaporeans but retaining it for foreigners. Upcoming executive condo also include The Visionaire EC , Wandervale EC, Parc Life EC while existing ones include The Terrace EC, Brownstone EC , Waterwoods EC, Signature at Yishun, Skypark Residences, The Vales EC, The Criterion EC, Bellewaters EC, Bellewoods EC.

Mr de Souza had first mooted the idea in Parliament in January.

"The Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) was introduced to moderate the demand for residential property from investors, non-citizens and corporate entities. Singapore citizens who do not own any residential property do not need to pay ABSD," Mr Wong said in a written reply.

Currently, Singapore citizens have to pay an ABSD of 7 per cent on a second property. This increases to 10 per cent for third and subsequent property purchases. ABSD for foreigners is set at 15 per cent for first and subsequent property purchases.