Tag: GST hike

PAP MP Amy Khor says elderly Singaporeans can help offset low birth rates by continuing to work longer

Senior Minister of State for Health, Amy Khor, has said that Singaporeans who are living longer can help to offset the low birth rates if more of them continue working for longer. Speaking at the opening of the High-Level Forum on the Silver Economy in Helsinki,...

Workers’ Party reiterates stance on GST Hike: “A lack of clarity, transparency and justification”

On Monday, Workers’ Party (WP) reiterated their stance with regards to the proposed plan to raise Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying that the latter lacked “clarity, transparency and justification”. They added that the issue was discussed once again by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee...

PAP assures you there is sufficient funding resources for healthcare, but might raise GST anyway

In an interview with Mediacorp’s News 5 programme on Thursday (Aug 30), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that government has enough resources to sustain the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) and the Merdeka Generation Package. He cites the credence of PAP’s long-term strategy, stating...

GST hike: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

The government thought it was being clever in announcing the impending GST hike early. The calculus: by giving Singaporeans at least three years’ heads-up, they would have time to bite the bullet and brace themselves for a GST increase to 9%. But all of a...

NTUC Members polled: Majority against GST hike

By: Obbana Rajah Earlier this week, results of a poll conducted within the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) was anonymously revealed through WhatsApp. According to the source, there were more than 300 leaders of NTUC who took part, with about 440 responses received. The results were not...

The Art of Adding Insult to Injury

By Augustine Low Forgo the GST hike and Singaporeans could end up finding imported goods and holidays less affordable. This was the warning given by Chan Chun Sing at a Lunar New Year dinner. The pain of having to contend with price hikes and tax hikes...

Will Sylvia Lim act “as an honourable MP should”? Heng Swee Keat asks

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has asked Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim to withdraw her statement implying that the Government’s announcement of the tax increase was "dishonest," yet again. This comes after Law and Home Affairs Minister pressed Lim to withdraw her comments during the budget debate...

“In typical fashion, Law Minister always accuses me of dishonesty”: Sylvia Lim hits back at Shanmugam

As Workers' Party (WP) secretary general Low Thia Khiang clashed with Education Minister Ng Chee Meng over the timing of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike announcement, his party's chairman faced off with a Minister with a higher profile over the same issue...

Did PM Lee tell Ng Chee Meng what to say during parliamentary clash with Low Thia Khiang?

Workers' Party Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang clashed with Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng on Wednesday after he questioned the timing of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike announcement, which was announced as part of Budget 2018 last week. While...

Activists organise Speakers’ Corner protest against impending GST hike

Noted activist Gilbert Goh is organising a protest against the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike. The protest will be held tomorrow (Sat, 3 Mar) from 4pm to 7pm at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park. The event will see speeches by Goh and...