During the National Day Message from Chee Soon Juan, Secretary General of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), he talked about issues such as the rising cost of living, an aging population and the declining value of flats from HDB (Housing Development Board).
Dr. Chee said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong "increased water prices by an incredible 30 percent, increased parking costs, increased electricity and gas prices, increased ERP portals and increased ERP rates, increased university costs, increased service costs and conservancy costs, introduced compulsory Careshield payments, and soon he will increase the GST to 9 percent ".
To address the rising costs, he suggested that the government use the "surplus of $ 10 billion in taxes" collected in 2017 to offset the rising costs.
Dr. Chee went on: "Then there are hundreds of billions of dollars – some experts estimate it could be a trillion – in our reserves, and once again, common sense demands: is there a need to increase the GST and other fees if you already have more then collects you need? "
In response to Dr. Chee's suggestions, formerly-nominated MP (NMP) Calvin Cheng had his own thoughts.
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Posted by Calvin Cheng on Monday, August 20, 2018
In a Facebook message last night he said: "If we set prices and subsidize the external increase (we import energy), ALL Singaporeans will be subsidized RICH Singaporeans will be most subsidized because large homes use more electricity and water".
He went on to say: "In this way, we become market-conforming and subsidize ONLY poor Singaporeans with U-SAVE vouchers, etc. Richer Singaporeans have to pay the market price rightly".
Cheng ended his secretary general of the SDP post, who said: "So Chee Soon Juan – good governance made it easy for you Opposition so long already still does not know.
Netizens seemed to agree with Cheng's thoughts.