Tuesday, November 14, 2006

GST increase to 7% to help poor & old!!!

http://news.asiaone.com/a1news/20061113_story4_1.html

Yes, to help the poor & old contribute to the PAP govt, the GST will be increased to 7%. As the old don't pay income tax, they have no chance to show their appreciation to the PAP govt, this GST increase will help them to contribute something. As an inclusive society, they now don't have to feel left behind because they contribute less tax, they will catch up soon.
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See how the PAP helps the poor & old in our society. Other countries use progressive taxation to make the rich pay more tax and use it to help the poor. In Singapore where the poor find it hard to make ends meet, they need to spend all their income without saving. Hence when the GST is increased, the tax burden for the poor increases....life for them becomes more challenging....see how the PAP improve the lives of the poor by giving them more challenges.
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Remember a few days ago, the PAP MPs were complaining about the sub-standard behavior of Singaporeans - always whining and whingeing. ...so hard to govern. Why don't you be like citizens of other countries? Say, like the people of our perpetual competitor Hong Kong. Yes see what the Hong Kong people did when their govt tried to impose GST:



In Singapore, people will just whine and whine ...and do nothing. Now you can see clearly what our MPs are complaining about.

You can trust that the PAP govt will use the 2% to help the poor not to fund their favorite 'jump on the bandwagon' investments such as Biotech, Digital Media & Water Treatment. The purpose of the 2% increase in GST is to help the poor and NOT to cut the income tax of the rich and reduce corporate tax. It is REALLY to HELP the poor ...and NOT what Steve Chia predicted in 2002:

"Looking at the trend, I am quite certain
that there are going to be more cuts in the personal
income and corporate tax rates in the future.
To make up for this revenue loss, it is certain that the
Government is going to raise GST even higher.
So before this GST is increased to 5%, 7%,
9% or even higher in future,
I hope the Government can plan ahead
and institute a system to exempt
certain essential staple items from GST.
Do not wait until there is
great social discontent to do it. "
- Steve Chia 2002 Parliament Debate on Budget : link

See Steve Chia was always misreading the intent of our caring govt. The purpose of GST increases is to help the poor and not the rich. The PAP govt is always trying to close the income gap and not to exacerbate it. Singaporeans are so lucky to have such a good government!

38 comments:

Van said...

upgrading work on Terminal 1 (will start next year) + New Swiss-made aircraft for RSAF pilot trainees = need $$$

Anonymous said...

This is the most evil thing done by the mandarins to the non-rich Singaporean - GST is an all encompassing big-money-raking tax!

It is time to leave the country... if not, can die one!

Anonymous said...

This must be the lamest excuse for any gahmen to raise taxes. somebody shld get his head examined. i can do better: how about, we are going to raise gst becos we lost hell lot of $$$ in our overseas ventures and our projected tax returns from two or more IRS are not enuff to cover the losses...

Anonymous said...

Shameless.

When they build casino, they said it is to create jobs for Singaporeans.

The last GST increase did it result in help for the poor? NO! We saw more MRT suicides, more price increases, higher pay for ministers. The poor became worse off. The number of millionaires is increasing at record rate.

Wikipedia:

Hypocrisy is the act of pretending or claiming to have beliefs, feelings, morals or virtues that one does not truly possess or practice.

Anonymous said...

What about the employer CPF contribution? Good times ahead? Then why not restore it back? In sinkie land, their words are like decree. Simple as that!

Anonymous said...

Wonder if you'll get charged under the new laws for writing all these. I can see potential statements that will cause "public mischief".

Anonymous said...

Can anyone help me to explain this sentence "GST increase 5% to 7% to help poor & old" I cannot linked the 2% increase that can or will "help" (when one has to PAY AND PAY MORE) the poor & old. I think I am mentally not sound to read this statement..??? Please help!!!!

Anonymous said...

gahmeh need $$ to build barricade on the MRT platform to prevent any futher jumper. How thoughtful of them. See?

Avid Shopper said...

Maybe we should all go shopping in orchard road. Gathering of 10,000 or more shoppers in Orchard Road. Wearing T-shirt that read "Shop till you drop beofore GST goes up up and up.."

:)

We are not protesting, we are shopping.....

Anonymous said...

The early MP talks (helping the poor) were the reactions to the social divide incidents. So, the boss was cracking his head on how to get the money. On the left, no money and on the right, also no money, all don't go where (of course, we can guess). Light bub: suck from your own people. It may not be planned to have the GST hike NOW, but the ground was shaking too much.

Anonymous said...

PAP supporter..
Our govt is so thoughtful, increase GST in stages. 3%,5% and 7%, so you can cope. The Aussie garman one shot, GST 10%. Happy boh? Complain wad shit! Somemore, this all for the useless POOR and OLD.Cannot afford..migrate to some other shit country, like wee shu xian sae.

Capt_Canuck said...

you are right, the increase in GST is an outrage. I say all Singaporeans take the streets and protest this! no, wait, gov't says you can't protest. I say you refuse to pay the GST! No, wait, Gov't would probably think of that as stealing money from the gov't and they might fine you (and you would end up paying more than the GST really was). Ok, I say you whine and complain about it! No, wait, you do that and the MPs call you ungrateful and shame you.

Guess you will have to do what Singaporeans do best. Smile! Let's see those 4 miillion smiles cause Singapore is a great and wonderful country to live in. No one ever complains in Singapore. As proof, just look at the newspapers and what the gov't reports say. No complaints there.

Anonymous said...

Please, can the 33.4% of you stop whining? The rest of the 66.6% aren't.

You people just cannot understand how incredibly lucky to live on this piece of rock.

george said...

Here's the problem. The economy needs capital and labourers. If we tax the capitalists, they run off. So we tax the labourers who can't run off (and anyway we can hire more from our neighbouring countries. The phrase for this is called embracing globalisation.

The logic cannot be faulted from an economic perspective but carries a high social cost. In the long term, this economic logic will destroy our already tattered social fabric and our wipe out our almost depleted social capital.

Aaron said...

I think that only figures will show how much the poor is really getting ripped off. Check out the math I did: http://aaron-ng.info/blog/robbing-peter-to-pay-peter.html

Anonymous said...

After reading the ST and Lucky's exposition, I am truly enlightened and undrstand the phrase "NOBODY" will be left behind.

This is an opportunity for everyone (regardless of race, language or religion OR SOCIAL STATUS) to contribute equally (flat rate 7% only), so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

Anonymous said...

what disappoints me is that the govt didn't do a public education campaign around this.

I'll take the benefit of the doubt that there could be truth in an increased GST does help the poor.

But please, convince me with strong arguments for it. Educate me first, before you announce the rise.

I would like to see a third-party academic dissect Singapore's fiscal policies and tell us that this is the truth.

How can you win the hearts and minds of people if you dont explain the situation well enough?

Answering to Opposition's questions with "Dont worry" is simply not good enough.

And saying that our 7% GST is still cheaper than other countries dont cut it. We are not like other countries. we are singapore and the GST needs to be viewed in a Singaporean context.

Since the Govt took the easy way out, the people will naturally take on a cynical view of the situation.

Sigh - they just dont learn.

Anonymous said...

All of you are freakin losers, I bet everyone here who had the chance to vote in the elections voted for this government. Now what's the matter with all that sarcasm?

stayer staying elsewhere said...

In NZ , the GST is a whopping 12.5%. Income tax is 19.5% on the lowest scale. But there is a minimum wage, govt has a "citizens / residents first" policy where jobs are concerned - ie work permits granted only if citizens/PRs can't fill the job description. And lots of welfare provided. Frankly, I'd rather pay more taxes that help the underprivileged (granted some do abuse the system) than to have a wide disparity betwn the haves and the have nots ; esp when i read abt MRT suicides , people holding 2 jobs to make ends meet , old folks living in bug infested rental flats etc....

Anonymous said...

Our ‘world’ class government has done it again and proved once again why they deserved to be the highest paid in the world. Who would have thought that the solution to help the poor is to simply increase the general purpose tax. WOW!!! Stroke of genius. Damn if Robin Hood was alive today, he could have simply taken from the poor to help the poor.

All you people stop whining. Why can’t you see that this is the best solution for the country. I regret voting against them in the last GE and not following the 66.6% majority. Forgive me oh dear leader for having doubted you. Like the prodigal son I beg forgiveness. I am now a true believer in the PAP government. Majulah PAP!! More good years. Crepes for everyone!!!

Anonymous said...

check out the frontpage of the (we are no.1) Straits Times, 14 Nov. Quote 'high quality but cheap government' unquote. Cheap? wat rubbish. Utter disgrace.. GST chanelled to offset our poorly paid ministers perhaps??

Anonymous said...

seriously speaking, in a controlled-environment, how to stand up?

other countries like HK/TW, those pple can communicate to each other to go for rally i.e. mainstream. piang, our mainstream here only report unidentified experts agreeing on the gst hike at this time and ppl happy about the offset package!

even our internet is regulated. for those true blood who wanna stand up for their rights will also be put down due to lack of resources in this example.

we'll get more such of abuse going forward, judging at the rate of hikes of bus fares..gst hike.... more to come.

be prepared. sigh.

Anonymous said...

I see Hongkong protesting, I see Thailand protesting, and I see Chee Soon Juan. And I see Thailand imposing martial law and no more protesting - gathering of 5 people disallowed. And I finally realised that we are in a perpetual police state / martial law in Singapore. This is scary. No matter what the govt says, we are in a state of martial law.

whybeillogical said...

Woohoo! This is a dream come true... With the GST hike, I can now contribute to the welfare of the less fortunate by simply shopping. No more donations to charities for me! Thank you PAP!

Anonymous said...

Australia's GST is 10% but it is not applied universally on all goods and services.

For basic essentials, I think it's about 2-3 % depending on the category.

I think Singaporeans are really quite stupid. Confirms Li Ao's opinion.

I also do not see Singaporeans doing what the Hongkong people did. Singaporeans simply have no guts for standing up for their rights. I used to empathise with them but no more because they do not help themselves even if GOD wants to help them.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the Finance Minister said to the Prime Minister when they discussed the GST hike?

Oh! I forget... they're one and the same person!! Hmm....

Anonymous said...

GST hike I wonder why...
Temasek/shincorp maybe?

freemason said...

Anony 11.30am:
better not put the G*d's name ... for the sign has already been given ... even after all the tweaking, the true ruler could not avoid being declared "...and the number is 66.6..." those in the know silently grow some wings...

Anonymous said...

the announcement of the hike should have been accompanied with announcements of how the extra cash will be spent on the have-nots.

When the govt failed to do this, thats when the cynicism and bitterness come.

The usual "trust us, we know whats good for you" dont work anymore.

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a free lunch, singapoor-eans had better wake up. Progress dividends, building of the durian, IMF World bank meetings, Shin corpse, Singtel writedown, increase of salaries, biennale etc. All these costs money and has to be paid for so get it from the GST.

If election after election, singapoor-eans still won't learn, then they never will and will always be trampled by the PAPAYas.

Cry the beloved country.

Anonymous said...

I guess the theme of the next election for P8P is "DON"T VOTE ME NO GST REBATE!!"

Anonymous said...

gosh, i'd rather the govt implement a 10% on luxurious stuff such as cigarettes, wine, beer etc. they say it's to help the poor, but how will the poor benefit if they still have to pay more for essentials such as medicine and staple food? this makes no sense. someone enlighten me please.

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Anonymous said...

We all can talk till we are blue in the face and still PAP will do what they want; sounds like NKF but only much bigger. Now whenever I read disheartening news regarding PAP I always remind myself that, 'PAP don't deserve Singaporeans'. We are a bunch of really compliant individuals which is a good thing mind you but we are being taken advantage of. That is the short and clearest picture In have of our situation. And, in case someone rebuts me by saying, 'you vote PAP mah...' I did not and I am proud of it.

Anonymous said...

hey...this is not regarding your Blog entry..but i do not agree that foreigners have equal rights when compared to Singapore.

I fforeigners had equal rights...wad happened to things like EduSave which foreigners cannot have? not only that...foreign students cannot get awards like Eagles award and things like that...

No hard feelings =)

Anonymous said...

of COURSE foreigners dont get wad singapore citizens get. that is so totally evident in the hospital fees and schools fees that foreigners need to pay. besides that, there are also other itty bitty things dat are EXCLUSIVE to singaporeans only. heh.

even singapore PR doesnt get the priviledges. i heard from someone that a district leader went to visit her house on the upgrading of new lifts. singapore PRs pay at least 3 times more than singaporeans.

someone: i dont think i will support the upgrading of lifts.
leader: why?
someone: cos i'm a PR and i must pay a lot more for the lifts.
leader: why not become a citizen then?
someone: my relatives and parents are all in china, it makes it easier for me to visit them if i want to.
leader: oh. then i cant do anything about it.

wadda helllllll.

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