Expats & us kanna pay & pay these bills

In Economy, Footie, Humour on 14/03/2014 at 4:44 am

(Update on 19th March at 9.55am: We most ex in Asia for World Cup Thank you SingTel and MDA and Yaacob. PM, tot cabinet ministers chosen and remain on merit? What about the minister responsible for Malay affairs and info, formerly of environment ? Meritocracy? What meritocracy?)

One’s a necessity, the other’s a human rights issue for most, even PAPpies, which that brave but blur barking dog, Maruah, fails to highlight, even though it affects FTs, Maruah’s favoured group. Think I’m mean? Think the alleged “rioters”, drug mules, but not true blue S’porean Dan Tan or the alleged Jihadists.

Seriously, the PAP and its allies in the media must be shell-shocked going by their reactions to the EIU’s survey that ranked S’pore as the most expensive place to be an expat. Tharman’s explanation implies (unless he is trying again to be a comedian) that cars are only for expats: true blue S’poreans and ministers can only use public tpt? And I can’t stop laughing at the misreps in this

There is one item that affects both locals and expats that Tharman, and Nicolas Fang and other members of the constructive, nation-building media running dogs don’t tell us Utility bills are also listed as big-ticket items by the EIU, but there is not much anyone can do to save there. Unless, of course, one were to turn off the air-conditioning.


So why don’t they tell us aircon only for FTs? Or when will they tell us this? Giving ang moh lover Bernice Wong another opportunity to diss local buyah males; not that they don’t deserve it. BTW, she might now prefer this woman basher.

The human rights issue?  The cost of watching footie: We now know the cost of watching the coming World Cup but remember that EPL  and Champions’ and Europa leagues watching ain’t cheap: M’sia and HK are a lot cheaper. For that we have to thank SingTel’s aggressive bidding, its corporate ambitions (err its run by true blue S’poreans not FTs) and Yaacob’s finest at MDA.

But let’s be fair, the strong S$ that makes it cheap for us to shop in JB and other Asean cities has played its part in making S$ S’pore that expensive: Singapore, which has seen its nominal exchange rate appreciate by 40 percent over the past decade, will obviously have higher U.S. dollar prices. But that only matters to the shrinking group of expatriates who are paid in greenbacks. Most consumers care about costs in the currency in which they earn their living.

Here’s another good point: [These surveys] fail the simple test of people revealing their preferences by their decisions. Imagine a company that used the EIU study to ask its employees in Mumbai to tone down their wage expectations in 2014. They will make a beeline to recruiters’ offices – to search for jobs in Singapore.

Majulah Singapura. Despite what TOC and TRE readers claim, S’pore’s an attractive place: I’m still here for starters. So is Jack for all his grumbling. The PAP must have done shumething good? Right Jack? Think about that when S’pore Inc jacks up GST, utility bills, tpt fares, utility bills etc despite the budget surpluses or profits..

Let’s leave the last word to Banyan:

Much has changed in this part of the world since the original writers of the Lonely Planet series chose Singapore as the place to hole up and write their second volume: South-East Asia on a Shoestring. In sum, to survive on $10 a day (well, a bit more) in Singapore these days: don’t touch the cars, drink beer instead of wine, bake your own bread and eat your meals out at the hawker centres. And then it’s all a bit more reasonable. Which is more than can be said of foregoing the air-con.


*World Cup costs from yesterday’s BT

All 64 of the matches will be free for people who either sign up for – or extend existing – mio TV Gold Pack contracts or standalone Barclays Premier League (BPL) contracts for 24 months.

The Gold Pack is a combination of entertainment and BPL content on the mio TV platform. The standalone BPL content package is available to both mio TV and StarHub subscribers.

Viewers who want a World Cup-only deal will pay a one-time price of $105, excluding GST. This is the most expensive World Cup fee to date – 19 per cent higher than the pre-GST price of $88 and 59 per cent higher than the early-bird price of $66 for the 2010 World Cup.

2014 World Cup pricing for business owners will be announced “shortly”, the operator said.



  1. Allah says
    Coming,following is “Moses Clan” Gilead and Bashan “four-power- separation” Israel Kingdom of God system of Government:
    Singapore (Dan) is “Eagle living creature” ,represents Judicial power.

  2. Actually the the devil is in the details and the local media/PAP could have done a better job IMHO. Even if we look at electricity bills, the price we pay per unit/kwh is

    384 average is for four room HDB as per SP Services and we pay 25.65c/kWh. That’s slighly higher than the residential price offered in developing countries (non-subsidized). India charges ~ 21c/kWh if you cross 400 units (~18c above 300). That’s not step by step increase but something they call telescopic charge.

    If we look at developed nations, most of the EU charges same rates. We got to see the cost base too and we “burn” fuel to generate electricity here.

    If we look at the other necessities (needs and not wants) like food items it’s way cheaper than any other place. Fresh milk costs ~5.50 / 2 lit here. The same costs AU 6 in Australia. It’s all about which items the survey takes in to count and which ‘shops’ they took to get the price numbers.

    • Well looks as though s/o Devan Nair is doing as bad a job as his dad in looking after workers and in upholding the dignity of the office of president. Like father, like son? Very valid points you raised but the problem is that PAP is hosted by its petard, given that it always using int’l tatings to boast why it should continue ruling us for a thousand yrs and a day. and to pay their leaders mega salaries.

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  4. why is everyone so absurdly upset that we’re no 1? as long as pple are in denial abt being no 1, nothing will be done to lower prices.

    for a start, let’s pay all workers less. then biz owners can lower prices.

    it is unfortunate that MPs and large swathes of the civil service will not be affected. dun think they do any work, so cant be classified as workers. they could volunteer for a cut tho.

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