Trust between “millionaire ministers” and the people “has never been so low”: SDP video trends online


The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has released a video questioning Government spending on social media, yesterday. The video, which comes just a few days after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered Budget 2018, has been trending online with over 32,000 views, and over 1,000 shares.

The video highlights Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s remarks in 2015 to Heng Swee Keat’s tax plan. Tharman had said, “We have prepared ourselves in advance. We will be in a good position for at least the rest of this decade.”

The SDP then asks why the government increased carpark fees, ERP rates, gas and electricity charges and hiked water prices by a whopping 30 per cent in the past two years, before asserting that the impending GST hike will further burden the people.

This has eroded the trust between “millionaire ministers” – who “cannot understand” the difficulties the common man faces – and the people according to the SDP:

“In 2015, DPM Tharman said that the “revenue measures the government had already undertaken will provide sufficiently for the increased spending planned for the rest of this decade.”
“So why did the govt increase water prices, carpark fees, ERP rates and gas & electricity charges, etc, in 2016 and 2017?
“Last year, it collected so much taxes that after all the govt expenses, it ended up with a $9.6 billion surplus!
“The government promises one thing but does another.
“Our millionaire ministers – the highest paid politicians in the world – cannot understand that the people have difficulty making ends meet.
“To make matters worse, the PAP will increase the GST from 7% to 9%. All this in a city that is already the most expensive in the world, with increasing retrenchments, a shrinking job market, and burgeoning household debt.
“The trust between the people and the government has never been so low.”

Say one thing, do another

Posted by Chee Soon Juan 徐顺全 on Thursday, 22 February 2018


  1. SDP your slogan should be vote us in and enjoy a 2 % reduction in GST in 2021.

    PAP cannot say where got the money to fund the programmes they already have formed the surplus.

    We just got curtail some plans and we can re -shift to Tharman’s stand we will be Ok for the rest of the decade to 2025.

    • No the same, others never claim that they are saints and never pay themselves millions, ours use tax funded education on themselves to game you, these are ungrateful greedy hypocrites.
      They milk and bite the hands that feed them.

  2. Greedy PAP government milking the country.
    The citizens have been taken for granted, becoming money spinning tools for their insatiable greed. Billions of surpluses, yet taxes are increased. Only self serving lies and more lies from them.

  3. Trust this government?

    It is safer to trust a wild tiger or a thief, at least they don’t eat you telling you it’s for your own good or rob you telling you it’s for your future.

    This government is not worthy or trust nor respect. Just money faced self serving scu,

  4. The govt should take heed of the historical lesson offered by the Sui dynasty in China which lasted only 37 years (581-618 AD).

    It was an empire that was fabulously rich. When it fell, it had grain reserves to last 5 decades. But this was achieved at the people’s expense – they were taxed heavily on what they produced and also in the form of corvee labour for grand national projects.

  5. Following a failed coup by the ruling Cao family against the Sima family, the final Cao ruler abdicated. Sima Yan then founded the Jin Dynasty as Emperor Wu of Jin and the conquest of Wu by Jin occurred in 280, ending the Three Kingdoms period and reuniting China.
    Sui Dynasty (581- 618 AD) was after the warring state and three kingdom. If you ever live through that time , you will know life as an ordinary peasant is difficult.(农民)。However life as a ruler and monarchy imperial is full with greed and women and wine. Art and Culture and Religion flourish during this regime.
    Although my ancestor are all the ruler of sui dynasty , I am a bit dismay to see that the Tang Dynasty plot a coup to overthrow my dynasty .
    But after all this nonsense , I greatly admire Yuan Dynasty , it is because The Hans and The Mongols united and we have the smart China genesis today and beautiful princess .
    Like Xi MingZe which I truly love