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REMEMBER THIS? MEET THE NEW PLEDGE, SAME AS THE OLD PLEDGE


The nation-builder press, November 3, 2006.


In just 11 days after the "pledge", the PAP government announced they will raise the cost of living in $ingapore by lifting GST (sales tax) to 7 per cent. At 7 per cent, the estimated GST haul will likely be S$5 billion. They want to spend S$5 billion to help the estimated 330,000 poor $ingaporeans?

THERE ARE ONLY TWO CERTAINTIES FOR 2007

When you wake up on Jan 1 2007, the high cost of living will be going up higher when the new 7 per cent GST tax is implemented.

The other certainty is that your 1999 CPF cuts, which cost $ingapore workers S$7.5 billion in earnings a year, has not been restored. That's an estimated S$52 billion that workers have sacrificed so far. In 2006, workers aged between 50 and 55 had their wages cut further when the employers CPF contribution (pension) was reduced from 11 percent to 9 percent. Talk about helping the aged.



The nation-builder press, November 14, 2006.


THIS MAY BE AN INCONVENIENT TIME TO BRING THIS UP BUT KISHORE MAHBUBANI DID SAY THIS:



"There are no homeless, destitute or starving people in $ingapore. Poverty has been eradicated..."
- Kishore Mahbubani, $ingapore's former representative to the United Nations, Jan 15 2001. He is author of the book, Can Asians Think?

WHAT $INGAPORE NEEDS... IS ALADDIN'S LAMP

"To be FRANK, if money is urgently needed it might be the government companies that need them. In a November 14 report in the nation-builder press, the PAP government's Temasek Holdings is said to have made a paper loss of US$1.5 billion after purchasing the Thai company Shin Corp in January 2006. The Thai legal system is currently scrutinising the deal for illegalities. The Thai government is reported to be seeking US$2.6 billion in damages from Shin Corp's TV business. $ingapore is a country that boasts it has well over US$100 billion in reserves. And they don't have enough to support 330,000 lowly-paid Singaporeans?"

- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, Nov 14, 2006.

NOTE: $ingapore's Temasek initially paid US$1.9 billion for 49 per cent of Shin Corp but due to Thai laws, Temasek and their "partners" had to buy up 96 per cent of Shin for a total of US$3.8 billion or S$6.2 billion. That's how much is at stake.

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MEET THE NEW PLEDGE, SAME AS THE OLD PLEDGE



The nation-builder press, November 3, 2006.

REMEMBER THE PROMISE



"Members of Parliament yesterday supported the government's promise to put people first and to promote active citizenship that was laid out in President SR Nathan's address to Parliament last week." - the nation-builder press, Oct 12 1999.


PEOPLE FIRST?


The nation-builder press, January 19, 2006.

IN THE SEVEN YEARS SINCE 1999, PRESIDENT NATHAN HAS SEEN HIS SALARY RISE TO $2,627,800.

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THE PROMISE



"Members of Parliament yesterday supported the government's promise to put people first and to promote active citizenship that was laid out in President SR Nathan's address to Parliament last week." - the nation-builder press, Oct 12 1999.


If you can remember this headline when the ruling PAP party and their million-dollar ministers ALL came forward to make this pledge to always have the interests of $ingaporeans "first", then you qualify to be a unique $ingaporean with a memory.

On that day, one by one, PAP MPs debated for five hours on the President's address and took "a long and deep view into the kind of society $ingapore wanted to be". As one MP put it, $ingapore needed to change the emphasis from hardware to "heartware".

Well, the $ingapore economy is down now. Exports have fallen. Unemployment has ballooned to more than 100,000 people without jobs. Bankruptcies have gone up and up. So what did you expect your "people first" government to do?

Did you expect them to lower income tax to help the rich pay less?
Did you expect them to raise the GST/sales tax so people have to pay more for everything they buy?
Did you expect them to raise the bus and MRT/train fares?
Did you expect them to raise the ERP/toll rates?
Did you expect them to raise the parking fees?
Did you expect them to raise the power rates?
Did you expect them to raise rubbish collection fees?
Did you expect them to consider raising telephone rates?
Did you expect them to raise postage rates?
Did you expect them to consider cutting your CPF (ie your wages) if you are over 40 years old?


THE REALITY: WAGE CUTS, PAY FREEZES AND RETRENCHMENTS




The nation-builder press, May 11 2003.



http://business-times.asia1.com.sg/story/0,4567,82147-1053547140,00.html?

AND NOT MUCH HELP

While labour leaders earn big salaries, the PAP government’s policy on aiding workers was spelt out as recently as Aug 20 2001.



The nation-builder press, Aug 20 2001.

With GST rising to 5 per cent on Jan 1 2004, $ingaporeans have an additional burden to bear of $1.32 billion a year, forever.

The government has also refused to restore CPF cuts. Which means the 1999 CPF cuts, which cost Singapore workers $7.5 billion in earnings a year, remains for a fourth year. That’s a total of $30 billion that workers have sacrificed so far.

Workers wages have also been frozen by order of the National Wages Council. Living in $ingapore is a high cost affair. And WORKERS ARE THE ONES ASKED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO BEAR THE BURDEN AND MAKE THE SACRIFICE.


THERE ARE ONLY TWO CERTAINTIES FOR 2004

When you wake up on Jan 1 2004, the high cost of living will go up higher with the new 5 per cent GST tax.

The other certainty is that your million-dollar PAP ministers will have their pay cuts restored in June 2004.


REMEMBER THIS?



"Cabinet ministers and senior civil servants will see their salary cuts fully restored Jan 1 2000. Their salaries will also be unfrozen, to keep pace with private sector pay." - the nation-builder press, Nov 24 1999.

This isn't the first time PAP ministers have rushed to restore their pay cuts.









HOW $INGAPORE HELPS THE POOR



The nation-builder press, May 4 2002.

Seventy percent of Singaporeans do not pay taxes. About 110,000 Singaporeans are unemployed. With the GST at 5%, $ingaporeans will likely pay $1.32 billion in GST to the government.


"You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich."
- Both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher attributed the above quote to Abraham Lincoln. But there is no evidence in Lincoln's speeches that he ever said that.

"Neither can you help the poor man by raising the cost of living."
- The Mirror of Opinion, May 4 2002.


HOW $INGAPORE HELPS THE POOR Pt 2



The nation-builder press, May 6 2002.


The nation-builder press, April 20 2001.

"The overall amount of remuneration paid to cabinet ministers and ministers of state in the last financial year was $27.8 million."
- The nation-builder press, Apr 20 2001. $ingapore has 17 ministers + 10 ministers of state = 27.

"27 ministers continue to be paid $27.8 million a year. Every $ingaporean including the110,000 unemployed will share $17.6 million in NTUC's GST help package for one year only."
- The Mirror of Opinion, May 6 2002.



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