Tag: Budget 2018

52 hours of debate but ‘Say Sorry’ is the only thing people remember

This year’s budget was debated by MPs for more than 50 hours over a period of eight days. This is the longest amount of time spent on debating the budget since 2013. But unfortunately, some of the members of parliament are fixated by what...

Budget 2018: A big sorry non-debate

 What exactly has been the net gain for Singapore out of the debate on Sylvia Lim’s suspicions that the Government had backtracked on the GST? Zero. I would go further and say we actually ended up with a ridiculous net loss – being sidetracked...

PM Lee praises Low Thia Khiang’s speech on Budget 2018; says it “could have been delivered by a PAP MP”

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has praised veteran opposition leader, Workers' Party secretary-general Low Thia Khiang's speech on Budget 2018 in Parliament this week as one that was "was cogent and balanced, firmly based on Singapore’s interests and perspectives".The head of government's remarks, published...

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...

GST hike responsible way to fund spending needs: Heng

Yasmine YahyaWindfalls and one-off gains - like the ones that led to the unexpected Budget surplus of $9.6 billion in the last financial year - cannot form the basis of prudent fiscal policy, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.That is why the goods...

GST hike is the “sole reason” why WP did not vote YES to pass Budget 2018

Budget 2018 was passed in Parliament today, with 89 MPs voting for it and eight MPs voting against it. All 8 MPs who voted against the budget are from the only opposition party presently in Parliament, the Workers' Party (WP).WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang was...

Heng Swee Keat berates WP for indicating they might debate GST hike at next election

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat had a lot to say about the Workers' Party's remarks on the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike at the Budget debate.First, the Minister took WP assistant secretary-general Pritam Singh to task for "adopting a wait-and-see posture" instead...

PAP fanpage launches yet another “fake news” attack against WP MP Pritam Singh

Ruling party fanpage 'Fabrications about the PAP' has launched yet another "fake news" attack against Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament, Pritam Singh.This time, the administrators of the Facebook page have misrepresented Singh's remarks on the impending GST hike in Parliament and claimed, "The...

Budget 2018: Need for a sugar tax?

By: Obbana RajahFinance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s recent unveiling of the 2018 Budget statement saw a proposed increase for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), an increase in the Buyer's Stamp Duty (BSD) rate for residential properties, a carbon tax to be imposed on...