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

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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

68 COMMENTS

    • More shit will come. But I’m sure Govt would prepare for it. Import more new 3rd world citizens give them HDB and make them love govt. they have best of both world, own big house back in their native country, and high value HDB in Singapore. Win win situation

    • Aiya still not so bad, whats worst is that many “new citizen” voters have already been bought…so even if many of us change our mind there isnt gonna be any significant difference…i predict the next election to be the same winfall like the previous
      #mampos

      • The government favours foreign talents and new citizens. Gave them HDB flats until the indigenous Singaporeans got no job and no HDB flats to stay. The worst is that the government kept delaying paying out our CPF. From 55 to 60 then to now 65. I’m now 64. Probably next year they will say 70. Too tired of chasing. CPF no money to pay us back?

    • This ‘new citizen’ are the infiltrate enemy that the defence budgets should focus on. Not to show off wasting of billions in buying useless submarine,jet fighters,tanks and so on. Thou should worries the enemies within NOT the enemies in the distance or the close friend who laugh or jokes with you BUT backstabbing behind you.

  1. This is one government u cannot trust! Arrogant, untrustworthy, no accountability, no transparency. Worst leadership ever. Money has got the better of them! I am but 1 vote, but u will never have it from me!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • No confidence in the incumbent government then new election should be held. Can SDP do that? Try to have some of your candidates into Parliament because the WP are just not doing anything. Unlike JB times.

  4. Aiyaaaa all said and done, the government’s stand is that: they know that you know, but you cant do jack shit ;)…so change policy like changing underwear la

  5. They need to increase car parks fees ,ERP rates ,gas electricity, water and GST every few years for growth to the country, government, officials but never to the citizens!

  6. Why kpkb? This is not the first time, yet people still vote for PAP expecting them to change, just because he cried and his papa died. Sinkies deserved these shits.

    • LKY always have a deficit budget as long as the people are not suffering. Why his son can’t do that? Like an Accountant must balance the accounts? Give you $300 then take $3000 from you.

  7. 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,

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Moral of the story is..Tharman is the best Finance and the most capable to be the prime minister than some other money minded guy?

  11. Reduce salary pay 70%
    Abolish the $3mil/yr president.
    as spore is a small countries no need president as if no use.

    In 10yrs time.
    Spore will have Surpluses…

  12. Next election the 70 % will still vote for pappy, after all the taxes that it had burdened all the hoi polloi in Sinkieland. This will get Pappy to tax some more after the next election.

    • Sad state of affairs in Singapore. When our world reknown PM passed away, our good government he built up Passed Away Peacefully too.

  13. In 2015 Tharman said $$ enuff for this decade…. now 2018 left couple more years b4 the decade ends so now gotta start collecting again so will be enuff for the next decade…. its jus a game of words… TCSS

  14. Between 2021to 2025 we should increase get 1% and 2025 1% in order to avoid hardship to Singaporeans that’s why I propose 1 % in 2021 and 1% in 2025

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