Main Upgrading Programme

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Upgraded elevators in a HDB block. Lift A (left), built under LUP specifications stops at all floors, while Lift B (right) is usually seen in older IUP/MUP projects as an aesthetic update that continues to stop at selective floors.

The Main Upgrading Programme, or MUP (Chinese: 主要翻新), was formally launched as the government’s pioneer upgrading programme in 1992, by then Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong. Under the MUP, residents enjoyed an improved living environment without the need to move out from their familiar surroundings. The MUP has been brought to 128 precincts island-wide, benefitting 131,000 households.


In 1992, the government experimented with the concept of upgrading HDB flats while they were still being occupied on 6 precincts in a Demonstration Phase. These precincts were in Marine Parade, Kim Keat, Telok Blangah, Ang Mo Kio, Lorong Lew Lian and Clementi. The Demonstration Phase was a success, and was hence, expanded island-wide.

Under the MUP, improvements are carried out to the precinct's surroundings, the blocks, as well as within each individual dwelling unit.

This was absorbed into Home Improvement Programme in 2007.

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