Water and Electricity Price Hikes: Trust is not what You Say, It’s What You Do

The recent fee hikes on water and electricity are hitting Singaporeans especially hard and in more ways than one.

Already one of the most expensive cities in the world, the price increases are making life even more burdensome and stressful for citizens here.

Water prices just went up another 15% this week. This is the second increase, the first 15% hike took place in 2017. Before these increases, the PAP already levies the Waterborne Fee and Water Conservation Tax – and a 7% GST on top of these two taxes.

The government also announced a 6.9% hike in electricity tariffs starting this month. It has increased electricity rates four times since October last year. The rate has gone up by a whopping 16.8% this year alone.

These price increases are wholly unnecessary as the government collected a surplus of $10 billion in taxes in 2017 with hundreds of billions more in the reserves. Greed and the continued pay-and-pay mentality is driving these unjustified increases.

The PAP has also increased public carparks fees and ERP rates as well as added more ERP gantries in the last few years. There are also signs that bus and MRT fares will be jacked up. The GST is set to increase to 9%.

All this has a tremendous impact on Singaporeans with the struggling lower- and middle-income segments hardest hit.

Analysts note that household debt in Singapore “has been growing at an alarming rate” since 2009 with income growth “not sufficient to fund increasing cost of living”.

Not only do these increases hurt residents, businesses also report that their bottom-lines have been affected.

Hawkers, for example, say that the water and electrity rate increases are eating into their profits. Drinks stalls and F&B outlets have already increased prices of drinks. Other vendors have reduced portions and ingredients. Again, average Singaporeans bear the brunt.

This is despite Minister Indranee Rajah assuring Singaporeans that the water price increase “should not and ought not” lead to businesses increasing prices.

Such empty promises demonstrates the utter delusion and hypocrisy of the PAP. First, how is the increase of the price of water – by an unheard of 30% – not hurt businesses? Second, how can Ms Indranee tell businesses not to increase prices if the government does it?

Mr Lee Soon Kiat of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association, warned that the electricity and water tariffs, as well as carbon tax levied next year, would affect profit margins and risk an exodus of companies to cheaper countries.

He said that “the Government has to adopt a consultative approach (going forward), and to avoid any unnecessary hikes.”

Mr Lee Hsien Loong told voters during the 2015 general elections: “I ask for your trust. We will work with you, we will fight for you!”

But true to form, after given an increased vote-margin, the PAP took full advantage of the people and embarked on an extensive exercise of revenue collection. Singaporeans must not forget this.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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25 Responses to “Water and Electricity Price Hikes: Trust is not what You Say, It’s What You Do”

  • Bobo:

    Yes! In 2015 he pleaded voters to trust him. In next GE, he can say “A very big thank you to all dear voters and please trust me again; I will do it even better this time, if not, I resign”.

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  • Poor Citizens:

    This is undoing what the old man and the old guards did for Singaland.

    Instead of enticing for direct foreign investments creating jobs and wealth for the people and country, they are chasing them away.

    IMHO;

    As history goes, fortune will reverse and likes become mass hatred for the farmalee in the end. Cantonese call it “Pai kar Jai”.

    Relying on Mass influx and selling HDB and lands will only be a short term solution for the economy but ultimately will end in a disastrous situation for Singaland and particularly its citizens…. there will be no jobs to distribute to your children.

    And the People are now forced to pay levies and increased taxes, for infrastructure developments for the masses… Is it not digging your own graves.

    Simply put, they don’t give you and your family a damn. Its not for you, or with you….. its done all for them.

    Stop it before its too late….. it’s already late enough…

    Please don’t make mistake “TWICE”, please…..

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  • Bapak:

    Opposition parties during rally period should list out all policies of PAP G and it’s price increases every 5 years after every term how PAP has slowing turning up the heat when they came back into government.

    Sinkies are so forgetful.

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  • bastad 70%:

    70% got it…

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  • Even If You Voted For Me...:

    You die your problem!

    But I know you will still vote for me, hahaha….

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  • LIONS:

    YEP,this CLOWN ask for your ‘tru$t”.
    go ahead n put your faith in him n get $crewed deeper and deeper if you enjoy getting farked!

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  • HarderTruths:

    If you elect thieves you will get robbed – big time.

    Why is this so hard for the 70% to understand?

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  • Liars & cheaters:

    The lot should be charged with several counts of criminal breach of trust!
    We never voted to be screwed, did we?
    Just bcuz the silly 70% voted them in dont give them the right to take advantage of citizens.
    Just cant stand to see that ffff face on tv or newspages! I always switch off.

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  • Pain Not Enough:

    No pain no gain, no pain no stop dreaming

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  • oxygen:

    @ Poor Citizen

    BEAUTIFULLY SAID, MATE.AS IF ALL THOSE BACK DOOR TAX OF CPF RETURNS EXTRACTION, capital gain tax on HDB resale levy ETC ETC, they want to increase GST which is tax from mouth to anus.

    And for themselves EXCLUSIVELY, $1 per day parking fee subsidy.

    Poor Citizens: This is undoing what the old man and the old guards did for Singaland.

    Instead of enticing for direct foreign investments creating jobs and wealth for the people and country, they are chasing them away.

    IMHO;

    As history goes, fortune will reverse and likes become mass hatred for the farmalee in the end. Cantonese call it “Pai kar Jai”.

    Relying on Mass influx and selling HDB and lands will only be a short term solution for the economy but ultimately will end in a disastrous situation for Singaland and particularly its citizens…. there will be no jobs to distribute to your children.

    And the People are now forced to pay levies and increased taxes, for infrastructure developments for the masses… Is it not digging your own graves.

    Simply put, they don’t give you and your family a damn. Its not for you, or with you….. its done all for them.

    Stop it before its too late….. it’s already late enough…

    Please don’t make mistake “TWICE”, please…..

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Just trust the SGov to work towards relieving you of most, if not, all of your hard earned monies !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    没为人民造福
    反而賺人民的血汗$
    丢尼阿妈个衰仔

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  • Singapore Fooled Again n Again:

    Own family blood, brother and sister also run to other country to avoid. Tell me how to build trust? Especially for the ordinary citizens? Except maybe for his gangs and kakis helping themselves to all the goodies they can poxket

    Bobo:
    Yes! In 2015 he pleaded voters to trust him. In next GE, he can say “A very big thank you to all dear voters and please trust me again; I will do it even better this time, if not, I resign”.

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  • 70% are happy now.:

    Almost all the new Singaporeans are consisted of 70% inside it. They are the happy people because they have good jobs, good life and good local, educated girls and wives. The real idiots are the PAP regime who are behind all that and kill our own locals. These locals are in a receiving end and will suffer a greater pain. Everything now is over and nothing can undo it.

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  • Neibei:

    No where is the world where the PM runs the country and his wife control the public funds . If this is not conflict of interest then it must abuse of power .

    To feed his wife Hugh appetite for Hugh salaries , sinkies had to pay and pay . Also he need to groom a lot of dummies MP .

    Sinkie need realize fast and act now or the country will be plundered .

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  • Equality Was Stealthily Remove:

    Hope the goondus citizens of Singapore wake up at he next Poll.

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  • World Fact:

    I like to see who would challenge me for saying singaporeans are very afraid of their garment?

    They are not able to rebel because of this fear.

    Controlled by FEAR.

    Its not that singaporeans love the hikes that come fast and furious.
    Its because they fear so much that they swallow their pride.

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  • Debate on CareShield Life:

    Was the MP you elected to represent you in Parliament present for the debate on the above subject?

    My MP was present; I would not vote for him if he is not in the House to rep me (at least to listen or raise queries) on this important issue!

    Time we voters take action against MPs who absent themselves from Parliament Sittings. It seems no one is monitoring their attendance despite the public outcry over their ‘AWOLING’!

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  • Testing S'poreans patience?:

    Water Tax, Electricity tariffs and now Gas?

    So confident Singaporeans will not vote you out?

    Tell you a secret, we can’t wait for the next GE and say goodbye to you!

    Singaporeans cannot tahan oredi!

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  • General Election Coming...:

    No more tax increases after 2018!

    Two months’ year end bonus in 2018 to sweeten the ground. There could be a ‘centennial gift’ too for all Singaporeans!

    GE will be called in 2019.

    Opposition must start campaigning now!

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  • How to Curb Cost of Living?:

    When the Gahment keeps on increasing prices of basic commodities like water, electricity and gas?

    The Gahment is the one responsible for raising the cost of living!

    Stop taking Singaporeans for granted!

    You are forcing us to vote you out!

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  • Have a Heart Please...:

    The poor, low income and retirees are already suffering!

    GST Voucher and ‘any pow’ are but a one time thing!

    Consider them please…

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  • Where are the MPs we voted?:

    They have no concern for the poor, the low income and the old senior citizens!

    Why are they being so QUIET in Parliament?

    Dare not even question the Gahment?

    When it matters most, all become dumb?

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  • Do Good, Do Together?:

    Madam President, this is what you meant by ‘Do Good, Do Together?’

    Can you do your job diligently?

    You have no concern for the poor and the destitute who can’t even afford a place to sleep?

    Any aunty at Geylang Serai can do a better job than you and no ‘Milo’ is needed!

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  • Trust Us!:

    We will raise the GST to 9%.

    CPF interest rate will not go up!

    The 69.9% will continue to trust and vote for us!

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