As had been said by wise elder uncles and aunties during lazy afternoons chit chat over chess, once the government starts rising, they can never stop. It is like getting high on drugs; get high once, and you will not want it to end. In view of such comparison, the similarities are in fact very close.
True to their words, the government started the hike of GST, from an initial 3% to 5% in about 5 years time length, and now 7% in a span of a few years. On top of that, the recent agreement to hike transport fares were in the run, and there were plans to expend road pricing to include roads that were frequently used. They always say the increase is inevitable, to cover the cost of the systems’ operation, to provide more help to the needy..etc. My view: Yes, this I might agree to certain level. the needy does require our help as much as possible, but not to a point of total dependency. I like the idea to help the needy, but I do not agree to providing help with both eyes closed. Like once I was chatting with my late friend who died of some illness. She once said the needy do require our attention for care and concern. But just by providing them with money isn’t going to solve their problem. There are much better ways to giving them the comfort they need, if the people just put in the effort to assess the main root of their problem. I read in articles about some schools that did a study, and came up with a way to help the needy children with a solution to provide a meal to ensure the kids grow up healthy, and with the alertness to study hard. The residents help pitch in by donating the necessary provisions for making a healthy meal. The Singapore Version if I’m not mistaken is for the residents to donate cash to buy stuff. It is logical, but sometimes I do not know if the money being donated has been put to good use, or has some of it landed up in the organizers’ pocket. They say that their organization has a transparent system, but no fact-sheet has been heard of in public.
Now with the oncoming increase of GST, the government assures the residents that the tax increase is to better the lives of the needy. But in what form or manner? How much are the government willing to let it be known? Is there a fact-sheet stating exactly how well used are the money collected from our hard-earnings? We can only guess and hope the government do not take us for fools. The governmental body taxes so much from us working residents, but the one thing that doesn’t increase with the governments’ taxes are our pay. How are the lowly paid civilians going to survive if tax increase without the balancing ratio of pay increment? Comparing with a bottle-neck theory: you fill up the bottle with water till it reaches the neck level. Say it is a soft-plastic bottle, you cork the bottle and start squeezing the body, the water will rise till the cork cannot take the pressure, and pop, it will shoot out of the bottle. The water be our pay, with the person (as the cork), sitting on top of his pay. The government squeezes his earnings by introducing higher taxes without an increment check of his pay. In time, when the cork shoots out of the bottle, Singapore can say goodbye to loosing that person to another country, or by means of suicide. That very person could be a talent, and thus Singapore will loose a talent. I certainly hope the government will do more study with the Mass community before making rash decisions. Singapore will stand to loose everything if the government continues to squeeze the capped bottle.