– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his letter to Singaporeans, PAP Manifesto for General Election 2006.
During GE2006, PM Lee wrote a letter attached to PAP Manifesto stating his concern for the old and poor and the desire of his govt to "restructure our economy to make it more productive".
Once he received a strong mandate with 66.6% of the votes going to PAP, the first few things he did were to increase the GST and increase the pay of ministers and top civil servants. In the next few years we saw the floodgates open for foreign workers and productivity sinking.
Not only did he not restructure economy as he promised, he step on the accelerator to go faster in the same old direction. Dependence on foreign workers rose, productivity fell and wages of the poor whom he said he was concerned about became stagnant or fell in the next few years. Cost of living rose hurting the poor and elderly.
During the White Paper debate, he told Singaporeans that the proposed plan to increase the population was for their benefit and their quality of life would rise in the coming years. He also said the interests of Singaporeans would be top priority for his govt.
The Prime Minister can say what he wants in order to get Singaporeans, especially those with poor memories, to buy into his White Paper but Singaporeans find it increasingly difficult to believe what he says because he has not delivered on his past promises.