The Singapore General Election will be held on 11 September 2015.
Has the current ruling party, the People’s Action Party (PAP), done its job or has it hurt Singaporeans instead?
Over the next two weeks, I will be compiling the past articles that I have written into the different thematic areas, so that you can see for yourselves if the PAP has helped Singaporeans or if it has actually make lives more difficult for Singaporeans.
In today’s article, the focus is on TOWN COUNCIL MANAGEMENT.
You can click on the red headers below to read more of each of the articles.
What’s more, the PAP wanted to emphasise on the fact that, “the current S&CC have remained unchanged for the last ten years”, and thus they wanted to make it sound like they had no choice but to increase the S&CC.
But, if indeed the S&CC had been the same for 10 years, but the PAP is already able to earn $46.5 million in accumulated surplus today, and even $122 million in 2011 (before they created the law to make the money disappear), then doesn’t that mean that the PAP has been collecting S&CC which are already too high 10 years ago, and which has already allowed them to make a lot of money off Singaporeans?
Does this mean that 10 years ago, they have already made Singaporeans pay far too much so that they can earn from us?
Not only that, since they are still making $46.5 million in surpluses now, that would also mean that the current increase also has no basis, and this would only mean that the current increase would allow them to earn more and accumulate even more surpluses!
What is the PAP thinking? Why are they forcing Singaporeans to pay higher S&CC, when they already have surpluses, and when the real wages of Singaporeans have remained stagnant, and we are having difficulty even making ends meet?
Meanwhile, if the Worker’s Party government is able to govern their constituency without increasing the financial burden on their citizens, why is it that the PAP government which would have more economies of scale, by virtue of running more town councils, not be able to find any savings, and not be able to be cost effective in their approach? Is the PAP so incapable? Or are they so heartless that they are more interested in earning money of Singaporeans instead of be “mindful” for their residents and care for us? On the contrary, when you look at how the Worker’s Party does it, when a report purposely highlighted that in their town council, “5% of their households had S&CC arrears overdue for 3 months or more”, the Worker’s Party had shown compassion by saying that, “While some residents can settle their arrears within a short period of time, others may need more time to do so and we have assisted them with instalment plans”.
In fact, the PAP has total accumulated surpluses of $58 million, so why do they want to make Singaporeans pay more when they have millions more?
In fact, the PAP claimed that “surpluses have been in the decline over the years (because of) … continuously rising maintenance and operation costs”. Yet, when you look at their annual reports, the PAP’s surpluses have actually increased – from at least $40 million to $58 million!
Here comes the revelation – the total accumulated surpluses that the PAP has transferred into the Sinking Fund – a total of $126 million – more than twice what the current declared accumulated surpluses of $58 million that we mentioned just now.
This is your money – a whole $126 million which they had transferred, which would have been yours to pay for the management of your estate.
But, you know what the real problem is? The PAP claims that they needed to increase the S&CC because of the “continuously rising maintenance and operation costs”. But who manages the maintenance and operation costs? The PAP.
As I had written before, businesses in Singapore have lamented that the key reason for unmanageable increases in costs is due to rents, and it is the PAP which is causing rents to increase. Do I have sympathy for the increasing “maintenance and operation costs”, when it is the PAP which is increasing it?
So, they increase costs, then ask Singaporeans to pay for what they want to increase? Then, they increase surpluses, yet ask Singaporeans to pay more into S&CC to earn more from us, simply because they want to increase the S&CC. You see the trend here? Whatever they want, they do. Whatever they want to increase, they increase? Why? Because they said you voted for them – you agreed to it. You think your vote doesn’t matter? It’s hurting your pockets – can you see the link? They do not want to increase your wages but they want to make you pay more. Is this enough reason yet that your vote matters and you are wilfully giving it away?