SINGAPORE: An online user has claimed to have been charged S$1.50 for a mere slice of fruit. The incident, shared on social media, brought about conversation about the state of prices in Singapore and the GST hike. Online user Nicholas Wee took to the online group Complaint Singapore on Tuesday (Oct 24) to share his shock over how much he claimed to have been charged for a slice of papaya. “Yishun, Chong Pang,” he wrote. “1 slice of thin papaya $1.50.”

Included in the post was a photo of a small slice of the bright orange tropical fruit wrapped in a plastic bag. Not only did Mr Wee point out the excessive price for the portion of fruit, but he also referenced the upcoming GST hike, set to happen in 2024. “Next year, $2.00,” he wrote.

In response to the post, a handful of Singaporeans shared the online user’s sentiments on the next GST hike, when prices are bound to go up. “After next GST hike, higher than $2.00,” said one.

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Another wrote, “Soon, (it’ll be) 1 tray of eggs (for) $10, kopi O (for) $2.00, Chicken rice (for) $6, Wan Tan mee (for) $8…add on.”

A third couldn’t help but reminisce about the older days when one could buy fruit for less than one cent. “I still remember back in the day…$0.05 would get you the entire fruit and more,” the online user wrote. “Those were the days. Oh, those were the days.”
Back in 2022, the Minister for Finance announced a two-stage plan of action to raise the GST. Thus, in January 2023, the GST was raised from 7% to 8%. Come January 2024, the Goods and Services Tax is set to rise again from 8% to 9%.
A few weeks ago, Workers’ Party MP Louis Chua (Sengkang GRC) spoke in Parliament and called on the Singaporean Government to defer the scheduled GST hike, citing the “cost of living crisis which is threatening the living standards of many Singaporeans” as well as “a better-than-expected fiscal position for the Government.” Mr Chua also pointed out that there has been “yet another year of record high collections of corporate income tax, personal income tax and even GST.”

He also shared his sentiments on the matter, saying, “I find it difficult not to feel a strong sense of imbalance and injustice here.” In fact, he began his speech by sharing that the top issue residents share with the WP during house visits is the higher cost of living.

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