PAP cannot be trusted to keep election promises on not raising taxes

During the general elections in 2015, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s warnings that the government would raise the GST.

At that time, he said that “there is no basis” to claims that the GST would be increased to fund increased public spending.

But Mr Lee Hsien Loong finally admitted yesterday at the PAP conference that it was inevitable that taxes would have to be raised to fund government spending.

While the PAP has so far not raised the GST after the elections, it has increased taxes and fees for a slew of items.

In 2016, the government increased carpark fees by as much as 27 percent. It has also raised ERP charges for several gantries as well as added new gantries on the expressways.

The government also announced plans to restrict vehicle growth rate to zero percent, thus ensuring that COE prices would skyrocket. It also has indicated that bus and train fares would go up. In 2016, it raised taxi-licence fees.

This year, it raised water prices by an alarming 30 percent.

PAP-run town councils also upped Service & Conservancy Charges by as much as $17 depending on the flat-type.

In addition, immediately after the GE in 2015 the PAP raised fees for its kindergartens and childcare centres. It increased the fees again in 2017.

Such hikes continue to pile pressure on Singaporeans who are already feeling the financial pain from the high cost of living and a slowing economy in Singapore.

During the Buklit Batok by-election last year, Minister Shanmugaratnam also accused the SDP of spreading “fear and alarm” through our alternative policy proposals.

Referring to the SDP’s call for universal healthcare and unemployment insurance, the DPM said that he was “troubled” by these populist policy proposals and that the SDP should tell the people that these programmes are not free.

The PAP has the habit of criticising the SDP during the elections and then quietly adopting our ideas thereafter. For example, the government introduced the Returner Work Trial this year which is essentially a retrenchment benefits scheme similar to the SDP’s that we proposed in 2010.

Also in 2012, the SDP proposed that our “individual health care risks be pooled” in a nationalised healthcare insurance programme. Three years later, the government introduced its Medishield Life, saying that “everyone shares in the national risk pool”.

Not only has the PAP copied our ideas, it now wants to increase taxes to pay for the programmes as stated by PM Lee in his party speech yesterday.

So the next time Mr Tharman accuses the SDP of proposing populist policies, he should also tell the public that his party is bankrupt of ideas and has to adopt the SDP’s proposals.

He should also be up front with the people and stop denying that our warnings of the government raising taxes have no basis.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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24 Responses to “PAP cannot be trusted to keep election promises on not raising taxes”

  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    70% of the voters have misplaced hopes and faith in the PAP government. PM Lee reciprocated with tax hikes. It has become the new normal fabric of life. Singaporeans may be chomping at the bit but are forced to live with it. If only voters had listened a little more to the SDP in GE 2015, the PAP government will not have unfettered power to do as it pleases today.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    we do not for a second believe pap can continue to do what it is doing and expect to be voted into government every time.

    1st, wages for large majority, remain same or lower. remember too median wage is less than S$3,500 p.m. gross. no way pap can run place as if everyone is paid S$m like it is paying each other.

    2nd, raising taxes we don’t give a hoot since we are jobless. even if we were working, jaga job or dishwashing job, wage too low to matter even if pap doubles the tax rates.

    3rd, but if pap raises GST then no brainer it is an utterly evil move especially to the lowly paid and the unemployed. this move on GST is unforgivable since pap knows % in HDB heartland NOT working due to jobless and by raising GST instead of tax rates pap is hitting the lowly paid and the unemployed that much harder. WE DON”T see how pap can continue to do this and yet expect to be voted into government.

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    pap lies. pap says one thing. pap does another. when pap says sit better stand. when pap says stop better keep moving.

    when pap says cannot eat degree better make sure get that degree. better still get that OVERSEAS degree to which pap sends its own. when pap says ITE poly better make sure keep far far away from ITE poly. far far away. otherwise kapu also don’t know why.

    so when pap says inside is not within 200m we were not surprised. so when pap says INDIAN is malay we were not surprised.
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  • N.Jungne:

    SDP just get ready to reduce the PAP’s dominance of the Parliament

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  • Lies & More Lies:

    … Majority of Sinkies just love to be lied too. They really deserve to be treated like they have been by foreigners in every aspects of their lives.

    Remember in 2015 that they also mentioned no raising of water fees as technology helps in keeping the costs manageable. What happened in 2 short years that price of water needs to be raised by 30%?

    Oh 70%, you all are sinking in depths of foolishness by the day.

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  • Lies & More Lies:

    Compare the outcome of GE 2011 and GE 2015. That’s the difference between a 60% majority and a 70% majority. Which result made your life better?

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  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    PAP has to raise taxes because it needs a very large “war chest” for the next GE to “buy votes”. It knows it cannot play the “LKY card” again. The arrogant, self-serving SOB is alredy ashes. Good riddance.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    这群白衣雜种只会吸人民的血汗
    然后付给自己超高薪水.强盗

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    This five decade old SGovt is indeed a heavy “price” to pay, BUT it’s people can and willingly cough up, knowing that they may have to go without and many a sacrifice/s made ……. for decades and generations to follow !!!

    Ain’t loyalty/belief/commitment a wonderful and laudable virtue !!!
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    *****

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  • Harder Truths:

    let us be honest here $ingapore Democrats.

    The problem is not with the pappies – everyone knows they lie.

    The problem is the 70% who will never give up their pappy masters as long as they think they are leading ‘the good life’.

    When the 70% are finally replaced with FT it will be too late for all of us citizens – we will have to exist as second or third class beggars.

    You know this is true. We have no future anymore. Just prepare for the worst.

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  • Mandated:

    Mandated !

    Why fret !

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  • A jobless SG:

    I wonder where all the fiscal surpluses and national reserves (managed by GIC and Temasek) go to?
    PAP is collecting more COE money, more land sale money, more stamp duties (of course from the people except the property companies and rich who can avoid paying), more GST, more taxes (growing GDP).
    PAP will continue to enrich its cronies and big businesses in particular banks and property developers, bring in more foreigners to replace Singaporeans.
    More and more Singaporeans are depending on their family members now, soon even their family members will not be able to make ends meet.
    High property prices lead to high business cost and high cost of living, it benefits only the property companies and the rich like PM Lee (38 Oxley is worth a whopping $24 million conservatively).
    The home owners cannot rely on their house, whether a private property or HDB flat, for a living, they need a job, sad to say, that tends to go to foreigners these days. Even you downgrade from a condo to a HDB 4 room flat, profit, if any, you make can only last you for a few years.
    Is this why PAP need to increase GST and taxes to give out meagre handout of $300 a month to the needy?
    PAP misguided policies will cause hardship to more people and lead to social disorder even if PAP may win in GE through underhand methods all these years.

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  • LIONS:

    We want SDP to AUDIT the PAP govt.
    The AGO is not reliable.
    How come NEED TO RAISE TAXES to build additional infra-structures when every farking agency of the govt is making SURPLUSES OR PROFITS?

    WHY SPEND ON OBSTENTATIOUS PROJECTS WHEN THE G NEEDS TO TAX POOR N JaaOBLESS sgs in order to build new *infra-structures*?

    What are these *infra-structures* n WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED COSTS?

    WE WANT TO SEE THE BUDGET ALLOCATIONS?

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  • To PM Lee:

    PAP has to lower the cost of living.
    PAP has to lower the cost of housing. The higher the property price rises, the more the people rush to buy. This is happening again now.
    PAP has to lower the cost of doing business – bring down property price and rental.
    If prices plunge by 30%, so be it, it has happened before and we survived.
    If FTs and foreign investors do not find Singapore attractive, so be it, Singaporeans will fill the gap, many unemployed or underemployed or retired Singaporeans will come forth to replace the foreigners – reverse of what PAP is doing now.
    If PAP continues to think and do what it has been doing in the past, more Singaporeans are going to be displaced and no amount of increase in taxes and GST will make up for the problems created in our society.
    Yes, Singapore has strict laws, and the generals, existing and retired like Desmond Kuek, are under PAP thumb, but there is no guarantee that there will not be any social disobedience when push comes to shove. It will not be in the magnitude of Little India riot.
    Stop saying we are a migrant society and foreigners create jobs for Singaporeans (wrong, look at the employment or unemployment/underemployment/early retirement/post retirement statistics, foreigners displace and create net unemployment for Singaporeans).
    It is still not too late to do the right things for Singapore and Singaporeans – PAP old guards re-shuffled the rules of the game in the 1960s and 1970s, and it is high time you did that too – you have the power to do that.
    You do not have to be another Marcos, Suharto or Mugabe.

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  • Ah Lan:

    KLLBCCB 讓他们得票率低过55%,他们就不敢起价。

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  • PAPa Eternity Thought fallacy:

    Harder Truths:
    let us be honest here $ingapore Democrats.

    The problem is not with the pappies – everyone knows they lie.

    The problem is the 70% who will never give up their pappy masters as long as they think they are leading ‘the good life’.

    When the 70% are finally replaced with FT it will be too late for all of us citizens – we will have to exist as second or third class beggars.

    You know this is true. We have no future anymore. Just prepare for the worst.

    Just like the Stockholm Syndrome,
    Once people adapted and accepted a certain system or way of being controlled, they get used to it. Humans Adapt.

    Whats worse than this is, once they adapted to something, even if bad, they get addicted to it, or are unable to survive without it. It becomes their way of life, like culture.

    These people have been trapped, unknowingly, in a Thought process that is as follows :

    1. If they are wrong, they are still right.
    2. Using their imagination, they find that they can always find an excuse for them when thing screw up.

    This creates an infinite loop of thinking where they conclude everytime that the Papa is always right all the time, perfect.

    For example, Ass Hole RT screw up. They think like this : If they screw up, then anyone who do the same job would do a worse job if not also screw up. So, why blame them ?

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  • Fark Mee Ha:

    Is the 70% Basing on BELIEVING given the lack of transparency into how much cpf has been LOST?

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    In My eyes and those who oppose PApsmear, We REJECT the gahment as our legitimate gahment. This is a gravely greedy and CORRUPT demonic administration with full VIOLATIONS against the people and the state. They are ALL guilty of TREASON and deserving of FULL Capital Punishments without recourse !!!

    IMPEACH PAP !!! IMPEACH these venomous LEECHES!!!
    Do it ASAP or ALL die cock standing…yes this is the year of the COCK where PAPsmear all talk Cock with all cockups and BS policies to cripple the common citizenry.

    Can’t wait for SDP to move in to form the new government and EXECUTE these TRAITORS !!! No MERCY!

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  • Change We Must:

    Blame the 70%, we are well aware that if PAP got elected again they will definitely raise the GST to at least 10% in their mid term.There will be many other taxes and price increase coming on the way.

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  • brobroace:

    For any government if they have the chance to raise tax when the people can afford to pay it, why not?
    Politically it is the best time, opposition not strong especially WP is so much wounded.
    It is no doubt this is the best time to raise tax like no other time.

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  • An 'Eventfull' 2017!:

    Many unbelievable incidents were revealed and ‘orchestrated’ that affect the reputation of Singapore and true blue Singaporeans.

    An increasing number of Singaporeans are angry and perplexed on how things are run after the late L*Y.

    All eyes will be on the Malaysian GE in 2018.
    If UMNO falls, PAP will be next in 2021!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Hate to admit it, but it’s true, “Harder Truths”. The PAP is bad but our own 60% is worse!

    Harder Truths:
    let us be honest here $ingapore Democrats.

    The problem is not with the pappies – everyone knows they lie.

    The problem is the 70% who will never give up their pappy masters as long as they think they are leading ‘the good life’.

    When the 70% are finally replaced with FT it will be too late for all of us citizens – we will have to exist as second or third class beggars.

    You know this is true. We have no future anymore. Just prepare for the worst.

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  • No Pain No Gain:

    Harder Truths:
    let us be honest here $ingapore Democrats.

    The problem is not with the pappies – everyone knows they lie.

    The problem is the 70% who will never give up their pappy masters as long as they think they are leading ‘the good life’.

    When the 70% are finally replaced with FT it will be too late for all of us citizens – we will have to exist as second or third class beggars.

    You know this is true. We have no future anymore. Just prepare for the worst.

    More pain needed then, many are still dreaming.

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  • Real Failures:

    An 'Eventfull' 2017!:
    Many unbelievable incidents were revealed and ‘orchestrated’ that affect the reputation of Singapore and true blue Singaporeans.

    An increasing number of Singaporeans are angry and perplexed on how things are run after the late L*Y.

    All eyes will be on the Malaysian GE in 2018.
    If UMNO falls, PAP will be next in 2021!

    What orchestrated? Don’t talk cok, no conspiracy theory for dummies, corrupt means corrupt, incapable means incapable, zero experience means zero experience.

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  • Very Simple!:

    If GST goes up before the next GE, votes for PAP will go down!

    You don’t keep your promises (already so much increases in recent years), we simply elect a new gahment.

    It is as simple as that and we will definitely keep our promise!

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