In a recent article written by The Online Citizen – the writer mentioned that DPM failed to address the following issues:
- GST increase
- Cost of living increase
- BTO price increase
- Rental rates increase
- World’s most expensive pasar malam
- MediShield Life Premiums increase
- Utility rates increase
- COE price increase
- ERP rates increase
- Public transport fares increase
- Property tax increase
- Property stamp duties increase
- Impending S&CC (Service and Conservancy Charges) increase
Contrary to what TOC says about DPM speech,
✅ DPM didn’t say that it’s all sunshine and roses. He emphasised that we’re living in an increasingly dangerous and troubled world. The issue of polarisation, wars and strikes in countries worldwide have been discussed greatly in parliament and, of course, May Day Rally.
✅ DPM Wong also emphasised how the Government has done many things to offset the impact of inflation on our workers.
Consider the latest Budget 2023 Announcements, eg the Permanent GST Voucher Scheme, U-Save Vouchers, and CDC Vouchers. View this link’s full list of schemes to help Singaporeans combat the cost of living.
✅ Housing issues were also spoken about at length! He emphasised that the Government is ramping up the completion of BTO flats. He also explained during the rally that current BTO flats are still affordable as prices rise in tandem with wage growth. Also, various housing grants are in place to support those from lower-income households!
TOC’s information is filled with gaps and ill-intent. What is the purpose of spreading such malicious rumours about our Deputy Prime Minister who wanted to reaffirm support for workers at a significant event like the May Day Rally?
Instead of looking at the bigger picture, TOC seems to take an unobjective stance on the ruling party – do they not benefit from all the Budget measures to tackle the cost of living, or do they not use grants when purchasing their BTOs?
TOC should be shut down completely. There’s a reason why the owners are facing criminal charges – they don’t practice responsibility or fact-checking before publishing such articles.