The budget goodies for 2006 is summarised below:
In 2006, the election budget took into account issues faced by Singaporeans. There was help for the poor, help for the elderly, rewards for NS men and so on. At that time, you would have thought that the govt was people or worker centered. But what happened in the next 4 years after the 2006 tells us that is not the case and we should not be taken in by budget goodies.
The 2011 budget removes the Radio & TV licensing fee which was something Singaporeans disliked and have demanded greater transparency for a few decades. If this has all along been a legitimate fee that was needed and fully expended for local productions that cannot be defrayed by the sale of advertisements, then what they needed to do was be transparent about it and show how the money has been used. Now that they have removed it doesn't it show that the fee was never needed in the first place. What happened to the hundreds of millions that was collected over the decades?
The 2011 budget like the 2006 overall does deliver some goodies - progress package, employer CPF contribution hike, HDB grants and so on[summary here]. The progress package will be paid before 1 May 2011 which means it is likely that we have the elections before May. Experience tells us that we will very quickly regret if we allow these goodies to sway our votes. The good intensions will quickly disappear and if they get a big mandate, they will take it that they can run the place the same way they did since the last elections. Just remember the torrent of fee hikes once the 2006 elections was won by the PAP - everything from GST to transport to minister's pay to kindergarden fees were raised in quick succession. We cannot let this happen again simply because we cannot allow the country to continue in the same direction as it has in the past 4 years. The quality of life of ordinary Singaporeans has deteriorated and we need some resolve as voters and citizens to set things right this time. Let not the euphoria of receiving a few hundred dollars take you away from long term considerations - the need to prevent our Singaporean identity from being destroyed by excessive immigration, the widening income gap, safety nets for the unemployed, poor, sick and old, and serious restructuring of our economy so that good quality jobs can be created for Singaporeans. If citizens repeat the mistake they made in 2006, the pain and problems will just expand and become harder to fix. The short-term quick results (for GDP growth) approach of the PAP has to end. We have to think about our future and our' children's future and choose the people who can help to reclaim it for us.