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 TRANSPORT.
You can click on the red headers below to read more of each of the articles.
In fact, the question on some peoples’ mind is – why didn’t the government reduce transport fares, on the rising cost of living and depressed wages? Why did the government agree to the highest fare increase in recent times? And if the taxes that we are paying are enough to pay for the extravagant profits of SBS Transit and SMRT, then why are we even paying fares?
As Leong Sze Hian and I have written about since the start of this year in our 10-part article on “How Much Tax Are Singaporeans Really Paying?”, we have found that Singaporeans actually do pay as much as the Nordic countries do in terms of taxes, social security/CPF and out-0f-pocket expenditure for basic essentials such as healthcare, education and retirement, but what we receive back in return from the government in terms of social protection is actually the lowest. In fact, the Singapore government spends the least public spending, as compared to the other high-income countries.
As such, is there too much over-reliance on Singaporeans and in fares to run Singapore’s transporation system, especially in light of the massive salaries that goes to their CEOs? Is there too little that the Singapore government is doing to subsidise public transport in Singapore, given that Singaporeans pay as much as the Nordic citizens do, and the Singapore government gives back lower returns that the Nordic governments do, and that Singaporeans are actually double-paying into taxes and transport fares? There seems to be a heavily lopsided spending structure in Singapore, where the government seems to take minimal responsibility in running the basic services in the country, while Singaporeans are expected to prop up the system with their marginal wages.
Indeed, is Singapore the only country in the world where its citizens have to subsidise their government to run the country, when it should be the government who should be subsidising the citizens to have a basic decent standard of living? Has the system in Singapore become lopsided and are Singaporeans being made a mockery out of by the government? Yet, why do we take it sitting down quietly, and why we continue to self-talk ourselves into believing that things will be alright, even though we know they are obviously not?