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Daily Archives: 2017-11-20

SDP on Tax Increases: “PAP Broke Election Promises”

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has issued a statement regarding Prime 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 …

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Raise taxes to increase spending: $31b Budget surpluses 1997-2016?

I refer to the article “As Singapore’s spending needs grow, raising taxes is inevitable: PM Lee” (Channel NewsAsia, 19 Nov). The article notes that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has stated that Singapore’s investments for the economy and infrastructure, as well as spending on social services and safety nets are all necessary, and a vote of confidence in Singapore’s future. But …

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Chinese signal their intent to bid for the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) project

China’s state planning commission earlier held a forum in Singapore on Friday (Nov 17) where the Chinese signal their intent to bid for the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) project. The symposium at Shangri-La Hotel held by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was intended to promote the country’s expertise in high-speed trains. Representatives of Singapore’s Ministry of …

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Train on EWL struck by lightning, at least one injury reported

A lightning has struck an MRT train on the East-West Line about 4pm on Monday, causing some delay in journey time between Tanah Merah and Paya Lebar stations. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has dispatched an ambulance to Tanah Merah station and shared that a man in his 20s was sent to Changi General Hospital in a conscious state. An …

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Use returns from reserves instead of raising tax rates

by Chris Kuan Going by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien’s speech, tax rates will inevitably be raised to meet increasing needs from investments in the economy and the infrastructure, and from social expenditures. By saying so, the PM has also inevitably deliver yet another bodyblow at an enduring governing myth – that we can have low taxes plus good level of …

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Lee Hsien Loong: Raising taxes is not a matter of whether but when

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his delivery of his speech during the People’s Action Party (PAP) convention held on Sunday at Big Box in Jurong, said that raising taxes is not a matter of whether but when. Speaking to 2000 PAP activists, he said that the investment for economy and infrastructure and the spending on social services and safety nets are …

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Eulogy for Rev Dr Yap Kim Yao – friend, comrade, mentor

by Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib It’s too soon. Just last week I was asking a friend how Rev Yap was and that I should visit him at his home soon. But God loves him more. Rev Yap has been an inspiring figure. To me personally, he embodies what it means to be a man of deep faith – a person who …

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