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Why the PM doesn’t need friends

In Uncategorized on 22/11/2017 at 10:55 am

He has the SDP, and Mad Dog Chee and other anti-PAP cybernuts as enemies.

With PM and the PAPpies on the ropes over the SMRT, even nature seems to be against SMRT, the SDP, and Mad Dog Chee and other anti-PAP cybernuts, changed the conversation.

When I read this

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has issued a statement regardingPrime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent warnings that tax increases are onset and “inevitable” as government spending is growing.

The SDP points out that back in the General Elections of 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s claims that there will be a GST increase, claiming that “there is no basis” to those claims.

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I tot what a lot of BS. Mad Dog must (like M Ravi, until recently) be refusing to take his medicine.

As far as I was concerned there was no contradiction between what PM Lee (on Sunday) said and what Tharman said (in 2015 when he was finance minister) on taxes.

I was planning to blog about it today showing that the evidence that SDP and other anti-PAP types misrepresent, knowingly or stupidly or both, the facts when they accuse the PM of making a U-turn on raising taxes.

Luckily for me, MOF pointed out that there is no contradiction between PM’s comments on Sunday about an impending tax hike, and what DPM Tharman had said in 2015 on the adequacy of revenue.

MOF said that Tharman then the Finance Minister, said in 2015 that the revenue measures the govt had already undertaken would provide sufficiently for increased spending planned until the end of the decade.

MOF says out: “This is in line with Prime Minister Lee’s speech at the PAP convention on 19 November 2017, where the Prime Minister said, ‘For this current term of government, we have enough revenue.'”

The next election must be held sometime in 2021.

Can the chairman of SDP and the other RI doctors force medicine down Mad Dog’s throat, or if he has been taking his medicine, double the dosage please?

SDP’s statement in full:

During the general elections period in 2015, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s warnings that the government would raise the GST.

At that time, he said that “there is no basis” to claims that the GST would be increased to fund increased public spending.

But Mr Lee Hsien Loong finally admitted yesterday at the PAP conference that it was inevitable that taxes would have to be raised to fund government spending.

While the PAP has so far not raised the GST after the elections, it has increased taxes and fees for a slew of items.

In 2016, the government increased carpark fees by as much as 27 percent. It has also raised ERP charges for several gantries as well as added new gantries on the expressways.

The government also announced plans to restrict vehicle growth rate to zero percent, thus ensuring that COE prices would skyrocket. It also has indicated that bus and train fares would go up. In 2016, it raised taxi-licence fees.

This year, it raised water prices by an alarming 30 percent.

PAP-run town councils also upped Service & Conservancy Charges by as much as $17 depending on the flat-type.

In addition, immediately after the GE in 2015 the PAP raised fees for its kindergartens and childcare centres. It increased the fees again in 2017.

Such hikes continue to pile pressure on Singaporeans who are already feeling the financial pain from the high cost of living and a slowing economy in Singapore.

During the Buklit Batok by-election last year, Minister Shanmugaratnam also accused the SDP of spreading “fear and alarm” through our alternative policy proposals.

Referring to the SDP’s call for universal healthcare and unemployment insurance, the DPM said that he was “troubled” by these populist policy proposals and that the SDP should tell the people that these programmes are not free.

The PAP has the habit of criticising the SDP during the elections and then quietly adopting our ideas thereafter. For example, the government introduced the Returner Work Trial this year which is essentially a retrenchment benefits scheme similar to the SDP’s that we proposed in 2010.

Also in 2012, the SDP proposed that our “individual health care risks be pooled” in a nationalised healthcare insurance programme. Three years later, the government introduced its Medishield Life, saying that “everyone shares in the national risk pool”.

Not only has the PAP copied our ideas, it now wants to increase taxes to pay for the programmes as stated by PM Lee in his party speech yesterday.

So the next time Mr Tharman accuses the SDP of proposing populist policies, he should also tell the public that his party is bankrupt of ideas and has to adopt the SDP’s proposals.

He should also be up front with the people and stop denying that our warnings of the government raising taxes have no basis.

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  1. does anyone know how often sdp keeps in contact with amos yee ?

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