“Profligate spending and irresponsible, unsustainable plans require you to raise taxes” – PM Lee in GE2015

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“What will make you need to raise GST? Profligate spending and irresponsible, unsustainable plans. That is what will hurt and require you to raise taxes and GST.”

This is what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the PAP Headquarters on 5 September 2015, in the middle of the 2015 general elections campaigning period.

Referring to the Workers’ Party’s suggestion then that the government would raise taxes after the election had been won, PM Lee asserted that the government “did not play such games with voters.”

According to the New Paper, he further added:

“I think it’s a strange psychology to think that this is a government which is only dying to do bad things to people… Do we look like that? Here we are, trying to do the best and needing support. And I would turn the argument and say, be careful if they give more votes to the WP.
“WP will become even more arrogant and oppressive over the rest of the parties as they are already so.”

The head of government also added that the PAP would be “mad” to raise taxes just because it received a strong mandate:

“Raising, adjusting taxes is a very big decision. You consider it carefully, you discuss it thoroughly, and you do it only when you absolutely have to.
“What will make you need to raise GST? Profligate spending and irresponsible, unsustainable plans. That is what will hurt and require you to raise taxes and GST.”
Screenshot of TNP article
Screenshot of TNP article

Besides attacking the WP, the PM also cast aspersions upon the financial promises of other opposition parties, noting that their manifestos had plans to distribute funds to various groups but did not elaborate much about where these funds would come from:

“So I think when you see a manifesto like that, that’s when you must ask, where’s the money coming from?”

Just over two years after the PAP won the last general elections, PM Lee confirmed at the PAP Convention last Sunday that higher taxes are inevitable and stressed that it is a matter of when and not if taxes will be hiked.

When claims that the government would raise taxes erupted in 2015, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) was another government party – besides the head of the PAP – that was quick to refute the claims, saying that they had no basis.

Posting a statement on the matter online then, MOF reiterated Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s earlier assertion that increased spending planned for the rest of the decade is sufficiently provided for by measures that the Government had already taken.

Today, the MOF released a new statement and said that PM Lee’s confirmation of a tax hike is “in line” with the DPM’s comments from 2015.

The Ministry said that there is enough revenue for this term of government but that since government spending has been increasing, making plans to finance such spending would “better ease in the needed measures, and to give our people and businesses some time to adjust.”

It added:

“This is in line with Prime Minister Lee’s speech at the PAP convention on Nov 19, 2017, where PM Lee said, ‘For this current term of Government, we have enough revenue’,” said MOF.
“Any decision to raise taxes will not be taken lightly. But necessary investments in the future are needed.
“The Government has to remain forward-looking, planning beyond this decade, and will study all options carefully, doing it with least impact on the less well-off and on Singapore’s economy.”

Netizens responding to MOF’s claims that there is no contradiction between the PM’s statement last weekend and the government’s stance in 2015 were incensed:

Netizens weren’t swayed by the PM’s reasons explaining the tax hike earlier this week and called on him to slash the high salaries ministers draw, instead of pushing the financial burden of increased spending to the people:

Incensed netizens condemn high ministerial salaries as PM Lee confirms impending tax hike

Tax hike is inevitable: PM Lee confirms

50 COMMENTS

  1. Somebody or everybody should ask PM to eat his own words now. U only know how to make empty promises but don’t intent to keep them. Don’t practise what u preach- next time don’t open your big mouth if u don’t have any intention to do what u say. U can only do it once & u will loose all respect & even your face from all others just like crying ‘fire’. Apparently he doesn’t believe in ‘karma’. Do bad now & it will eventually come back to u. Don’t think u can get away with it. Hypocrite!!!

  2. Ownself slap ownself. Watch out for profligate spending on bonuses and pay hikes for Ministers/MOS/MPs who have not made substantive contributions in 2017. Not just KBW.

  3. Fools are placed in high position while the rich occupy the low one!
    Since no man knows his future, who can tell him what is going to happen next ???
    ⌚How long will this monkey head oppress our very own country fellowmen? How long will he live to abuse his power ?
    Where does his power come from?
    Certainly, common citizens like us can be united to strip off his power and wealth by GE2020

    • A very long shot as we have too many blinded idiots in sg, not to mention a huge amount of FT who love nth more but to suck LHL breadsticks & lick his teabag!!
      But I’m gladly with you in this! Cheers

    • Are u sure no one knows the future…?

      Kekekeke… …

      Never mind.

      Soon enough, Loong and all the mortal critters will know the furture without me in cabinet already, and… without me as your PM soon. Kekekekeke… …

  4. There was a time Germany choose Hitler
    And they are happy to be with Hitler
    Even some of the British monarchy hail Hitler administration
    As time goes by
    As Hitler grow more and more greedy
    Germany began resent Hitler
    The rest i don’t have to tell you
    All dictators have the same feather and they flock together
    No matter Who fuck they are …

  5. Can Singaporean still trust him anymore..?? who has a JOKER face .. and this dishonorable son may be smiling & treating you well, IN FRONT OF YOU . But at back he were stab hard or sabo hard to you, when you are not alert or in the dark.and survey show that 85% Singaporean very fxxxing dolan him…

  6. How about making a petition, to have it signed by as much by the general public as possible, stating the dissatisfactions we have under his administration and a notion of ‘No Confidence’ – and ask for his stepping down.

  7. If they are raising the taxes then this shows they have been overspending and irresponsible. Correct right if you put his GE 2015 statement in perspective?

    Slowly but surely they are making us all lose that trust.

  8. voters!! open your eyes big big, see and remember what this clown promised to do but never deliver, say dun do but do immediately after regaining power!! is that the kind of govt we need? when everything is crumpled down and prices has nowhere to go but up!! yet they claimed that we have reserves!! but yet got to raise tax for social spending?!! contradicting!! you still believe them?!!

  9. Singapore has a huge surplus in Reserve. Now my question. Are the Reserves still there to use? 50 years of untapped Reserves, surely there must be something fishy going on if were are in need for more money.

  10. Prata man… this moment say this.. next moment say otherwise by making a simple reason out of it. Take it or leave it. I call the shot…….lets see how many more pattern he going to put up. 3 yrs more to go. We must remember n record what he has done and said. Put all these in a video clip to refresh everybody by then… as of now. We are LL…!

  11. WHY RAISE TAXES?

    BETWEEN 1997 AND 2016, THERE IS A TOTAL SURPLUSES AMOUNTING TO $31 BILLIONS!!
    https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/11/20/raise-taxes-to-increase-spending-31b-budget-surpluses-1997-2016/

    THE ROTTON LEADER LHL CONTRADICTS HIMSELF. SEE WHAT HE SAYS IN GE 2015 AND NOW, IN 2017.

    http://www.theindependent.sg/profligate-spending-and-irresponsible-unsustainable-plans-require-you-to-raise-taxes-pm-lee-in-ge2015/

    WITH HIS SUPPORT TO RAISE TAXES, IT TRULY SHOWS HIS GOVT DOES ENGAGE IN “PROLIGATE SPENDING THRU IRRESPONSIBLE SUSTAINABLE PLANS”!!

    YES, SEE FB USERS’ REMARKS AND REMINDERS HOW THE ROTTON GOVT “SQUANDERED AWAY” THE TAXPAYERS’ MONIES INDEED.

    CAN YOU DAFT SINGAPOREANS STILL TRUST THIS ROTTON LEADER’S WORDS?

    CAN YOU DAFT SINGAPOREANS STILL TRUST HIS GOVT UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP?

    THIS ROTTON GOVT TRULY LIFTS UP TO WHAT I HV DESCRIBED THEM:

    = A BUNCH OF “LIARS, THIEVES AND CHEATERS”
    = A “BIG DRACULA” SUCKING “INSATIABLY” CITIZENS’ BLOOD MONIES
    = AN “UNCONSCIOUSABLY GREEDY GOVT”

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208390247033982&id=1839725545

    AND ITS MOUTHPIECE SINGAPORE MEDIA RANKS 151ST POSITION IN PRESS FREEDOM SAYS RAISING TAX IS THE BEST WAY FORWARD!

    https://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/sg-media-says-raising-tax-best-way-forward#.WhcQfZcPL5g.facebook

    SINGAPORE IS TRULY A “DICTATORSHIP” COUNTRY!

    TRULY HV TO CHANGE THE SINGAPORE PLEDGE FROM…….
    “WORKING TOWARDS A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY”
    TO
    “WORKING TOWARDS A DICTATORSHIP SOCIETY”

    https://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/sg-media-says-raising-tax-best-way-forward#.WhcQfZcPL5g.facebook

    REITERATE
    ==========

    I HV NEVER AGREE TO “WORK FOR” OR TO “WORK UNDER” ROTTON PAP SINGAPORE AT ALL.

    I ONLY AGREE TO TAKE UP THE POSITION OF “PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE” TO REPLACE THIS ROTTON LEADER LHL. ALL OTHER POSITIONS, I’VE NO INTEREST AT ALL.

    OTHERWISE, AS I SAID, PLEASE LEAVE ROTTON SINGAPORE OUT, ASEAN OUT AND ASIA OUT.

    ALSO, PLEASE DON’T ASSOCIATE ME WITH:

    = TIMOTHY GO AND STEVEN.

    I’M. INDEPENDENT.

    I’M GOING TO USA.

    = https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208392380127308&id=1839725545

    = https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208372789517555&id=1839725545

  12. PM Lee’s solution to every problem in Singapore is to throw $billions at it. That is why he has to raise taxes. The amazing thing is he created the problem. Take the case of the SMRT. He opened the floodgate to foreigners to increase the population by million in a short time. This strained the infrastructure of the country. The trains were made to operate at unhealthy level in an attempt to ease congestion n overcrowding.

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