Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?

I am a 39-year-old a true-blue Singaporean, earning about $3,000 a month working as a warehouse supervisor for the past 8 years.

My wife has been working part-time as a retail assistant, earning around less than $1,800 a month and retail business has been bad and she might even lose her job.

The standard of living in Singapore today has been increasingly high and wages have not been increasing and I have a daughter and ageing parents to take care off.

Employing a maid alone (which includes salary, food and levy) to take care of the elderly and kid a month will cost me one-third of my salary.

Even eating at the coffee shop, a plate of mixed vegetable rice can be costly, many stalls today will cook their vegetable and mixed with some meats so that they can charge us as meat price so easily each plate can get as costly as $5-$7 (depending on location).

Healthcare cost is also increasingly high, even with the “so-called” subsidies by the government, but the price of the healthcare is not going down because the doctor will increase their price in the consultation and all others miscellaneous charges.

With this kind of high standards of living, how can survive with such a salary? Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?

 

Boon Hao

 

 

yyy
SPONSORED ADVERTISEMENT
Loading...

48 Responses to “Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?”

  • Reader:

    Hi, I find the standard of living is deteriorating while the cost of living is definitely rising at an irrational rate.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Deny 2/3 for Better Tomorrow:

    Deny 2/3, otherwise this country will be flooding with 10M displacing own children future. We need to take serious action to tell them to stop it.

    Under the PAPi, literally no more loves, no more lives, have to steal lunch boxes, become gojek or hawkers and good paying jobs goes to FTs.

    How much are you paying to the GST? [based on 80% spent]

    Take Home Pay Last 5 Yrs @ 7% Next 5 Yrs @ 9% Total Lost
    $1,000—————–$4,095——————–$5,265————-$9,360
    $1,500—————–$6,142.5——————$7,897.5———-$14,040
    $2,000—————–$8,190——————–$10,530———–$18,720
    $2,500—————–$10,237.5—————–$13,162.5———$23,400
    $3,000—————–$12,285——————-$15,795———–$28,080
    $4,000—————–$16,380——————-$21,060———–$37,440
    $5,000—————–$20,475——————-$26,325———–$46,800
    $6,000—————–$24,570——————-$31,590———–$56,160
    $7,000—————–$28,665——————-$36,855———–$65,520
    $8,000—————–$32,760——————-$42,120———–$74,880

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Bapak:

    HK Chief Executive promised liveable housing to applease protestors. Sinkies easily pleased with $300 every 5 years. The blp Sinkies easily bullied.

    In another words, PAPigs can never survive in HK. CB BLP Sinkies.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • You voted for which party?:

    If you voted for PAP all your lifetime, then you deserve what is happening to your life! Otherwise 30% opposition supporters are with you.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ Boon Hao:
    Which party did you vote for in the last election?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • MarBowling:

    @Boon Hao,

    You kpkb also no use. Like the 69.9%, come the next GE, you sure to vote for the PAPigs again. Chye chye one!

    If you really WANT to CARE and THINK for YOUR FUTURE and YOUR CHILDREN and also future generations, show the Middle Finger to the PAPigs in the coming GE, period.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Asd:

    Minister already told you go jb hospice die cheaper you don’t even deserve to die in your own motherland so why you keep kpkb when you voted for it… so shut up…

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Be Serious to take Action:

    Where is this PAPi leading us to?
    Why are we suffering like that?
    Why must we be sharing away our lands to so many others? For what purpose?
    Did the PM promised to make things affordable and look into the problems?
    Where is this PAPi leading us into?
    We do not need scholars to plans and dig into our accounts and deplete our savings?
    What concrete benefits are the CECA signing?
    What benefits to us for giving away billions of tax payers money to foreign students, almost 1 million a day?
    Are we happier under the PAPi?

    Why do we need this PAPi?

    Where are we heading? What are we doing?

    Deny 2/3, otherwise this country will be flooding with 10M displacing own children future.

    We need to take serious action to tell them to stop it.

    Print this out and bring it to the ballot box. Read this again and ask yourself, before you volt.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Doing enough lah:

    Some un-informed citizens still believe govt aims to lower cost.

    Please lah, remember LKY’s aim is to get more and more money from people. (“What’s wrong with getting more money?”)

    Isn’t it obvious that the gov aims to “upgrade” all the low cost places to high cost? More rent, more money flowing in to all the GLCs into the govt. Higher price, more GST money. It’s HUAT everywhere for the govt.

    All the $2, $3 hawker stalls have disappeared, after successful “upgrades”.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Ah Boon Ah!!!…did you vote for PAP and if NOT YOU have every RIGHT to Raise Merry Hell… 39 and you have 30 more years of HELL to go through in this 1st World SinCity meant for Swiss Standard ACHEIVERS…

    the Elite 15% and 5% Crooks – Cheats & Charlatans harbouring here where the COST is No Factor!!!…in FACT they are the ones who help Increase the Cost

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • TruBlu:

    simple,bro.

    if you get Pay And Pay for a govt,your COST OF LIVING will simply creep$ up and up and up becos you got to Pay And Pay till you drop dead?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Went to Japan:

    And you voted PAP and expecting change?

    Bro, next year GST 9% and satellite will make you $7-9 instead of $5-7.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Bapak:

    Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?
    ====================================================================

    Why blame the thief, if you let them enter your house freely?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • TruBlu:

    The PAPies are merely *DANCING INT HE DARK*….

    PS: song title of same name by bruce spriingsteen.
    -BEAUTIFUL SONG FROM THE 70s-

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • pap likes to BS 70% sheep:

    1st, stop voting pap. pap is the elephant in the room.

    2nd, at your wife and your wage, don’t have more than 1 child. why reproduce children to be servants to pap S$m Ljs and Cbs? Unless you can send your child to the best medical school or law school, don’t even think the S$5,000 lky clown said is going to apply to your child. sorry. your wife and your wage is too high to qualify YET actually they are so low you shouldn’t even consider having one child and let child suffer.

    3rd, don’t be conned by pap BS. pap says in old days S$2 a day fed a family of 12. But pap forgets to tell you, with pap any old how pricing land, inflation due to land cost has driven up all prices. if you have the time, why don’t you go over to JB and check prices. the same items made by the same countries cost many times more in Spore than in Msia. all due to land cost.

    last, sorry. since GE2019, we don’t pity any local born who complains money no enough in pap money faced Spore. after all, you probably, together with your wife, voted pap. so, it is hoped pap folks listen to you and pity you. But we don’t think so. as lky 2nd son Mr Lee Hsien Yang and lky daughter about lky son the clown now running pap. ask them. listen to what they say about this money faced hypocrite. with such a leader, you expect pap Ljs and pap Cbs to pity you? sorry. you are sheep if you believe so.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Harder Truths:

    ‘True Blue’ Boon Hao

    To be a real true blue you must get your daughter to work at Desker Road and your parents cleaning tables at the coffee shops. Why do you need a maid when your family are all now working anyway?

    You see, loyalty is not about you…you…you. It is about servicing the government and the FT (in that order) that really matters.

    A ‘True Blue’ looks for no reward. The approval of his leeders is enough.
    Donate your family earnings to the familee – keeping it for yourself is a sin.

    Make sure your daughter and parents do a good job. The government is counting on you.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Seriously:

    The Govt gorged on the religion of free market principles imported lock stock and barrel from the US in the 2000s, and have spend almost as many years winding back their big theoretical error ever since.

    Unfortunately, for all the so called smarts they supposedly possess, for quite a number of years they used to benchmark us against HK and seemed to think that we could go down the same path as HK. At that time it wasn’t anywhere near mainstream belief to question the HK model. But I did wonder for a long time how long that ridiculous HK model of ever rising real estate costs, the ever wonderful shrinking real estate unit sizes, stagnant salaries, etc could go on without reaching a breaking point. But somehow, those politicians and GLC top management kept singing those ridiculous tunes which suggested it was a proven path we could also take.

    This is a classic case of auto pilot, and monkey see and monkey do on the part of the Govt. And it shows you how independent their thoughts and actions are. And I leave you to conclude whether they are anywhere near as clever and talented as they often claim to be.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Nutcase economics on trial:

    S$3000 is the median wage in Singapore, and that’s the lowest amount among economically advanced countries. But don’t we know first-hand what it’s like to cope with living costs in the world’s most expensive city? Old folks are clearing plates and sweeping floors for $5/hr

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • See The Difference:

    Cost of living is very high in Singapore but Standard of living does not improve correspondingly, perhaps even declining as overcrowding, access to healthcare, amenities and services becoming increasingly prohibitive.

    So, cost of living and standard of living are different things.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • The Educated Serfs:

    Harder Truths:
    ‘True Blue’ Boon Hao

    To be a real true blue you must get your daughter to work at Desker Road and your parents cleaning tables at the coffee shops. Why do you need a maid when your family are all now working anyway?

    You see, loyalty is not about you…you…you. It is about servicing the government and the FT (in that order) that really matters.

    A ‘True Blue’ looks for no reward. The approval of his leeders is enough.
    Donate your family earnings to the familee – keeping it for yourself is a sin.

    Make sure your daughter and parents do a good job. The government is counting on you.

    In short, to be a trublue sinkie you must be an unquestioning parroting lemming to be ordered and milked at will by this greedy evil regime.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Ah Kong:

    Super paid Clown and his yes men can NEVER understand your pain.

    Make people suffer but provide no outlets.

    In Msia, the Malays monopolise all the jobs in the Govt. But at least the Govt close one eye and allow the Chinese and Indians to do all kinds of businesses to survive.

    Many cross over to JB to make ends meet but people suffer because of the terrible traffic congestion.

    And now they’ve reduced the GST relief to $100 from $150. See, even here they can’t let go a bit.

    You want change, reforms? Then vote out PAP.

    Any party that stays too long always lapse into incompetence and abuse of power. Like the African tyrant Mugabe.

    The law must be changed. No person can be PM for more than 2 terms.

    See how indifferent the Clown is?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Ah Kong:

    Super paid Clown and his yes men can NEVER understand your pain.

    Make people suffer but provide no outlets.

    In Msia, the Malays monopolise all the jobs in the Govt. But at least the Govt close one eye and allow the Chinese and Indians to do all kinds of businesses to survive.

    Many cross over to JB to make ends meet but people suffer because of the terrible traffic congestion.

    And now they’ve reduced the GST relief to $100 from $150. See, even here they can’t let go a bit.

    You want change, reforms? Then vote out PAP.

    Any party that stays too long always lapse into incompetence and abuse of power. Like the African tyrant Mugabe.

    The law must be changed. No person can be PM for more than 2 terms.

    See how indifferent the Clown is?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Tottot:

    There is a 70% chance that you voted for this govt.
    Much as I sympathize with you, you should see your MP about it. If he cannot gives you the answers that you sought, then voted them out.
    The future and the powers is in your hands.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Harder Truths:

    The Educated Serfs: In short, to be a trublue sinkie you must be an unquestioning parroting lemming to be ordered and milked at will by this greedy evil regime.

    A great summary of the situation!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Asd:

    I think is no money so need top up but where has all the money gone?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are not doing enough to control the cost of living, VOTE THEM OUT !

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Silver:

    The government is so rich, why would they control the cost………..they only want to control us ……..make you FEAR to go prison?

    So that you will vote them in n give them million $ salaries.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • UniQ:

    Many have noticed the increased cost of living, while income is being stagnant badly at least 2-3 years before the last GE !!

    But still many chose to vote a regime that screwed them.

    What to complain about ??

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • NotMyProblem:

    “Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?”

    A more appropriate question is “Can the government stop increasing our cost of living?”

    All the problems on our cost of living were created by the PAP’s government. So can we expect the government to do anything at all for its own mistake? By doing something to control means PAP admits its mistake and that would never happens!!!

    The only way to reduce our cost of living is to get rid of the cause, i.e. to kick out the PAP.

    Remember it is for our future generations! Hong Kongers, including women, fight for their future facing tear gas, pepper sprays, police brutality, jail, etc. Can Singaporeans do it just by putting a cross on the right box on a piece of paper???!!!

    “Fear”, “afraid”, you say? Where is your balls?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • rukidding:

    The same original Insulin can be bought over the counter at any Johore pharmacy for “lmost half the price” of a Garhmen so called “after subsidies” insulin at their “silly health” group ????

    And they claimed it was “subsidies” price ???

    How silly can sillyporeans be ???

    “Buying” everything which thoe Pimps and prostitutes (P.a.p) claimes are “already highly subsidies” item.

    For You,…With You ?????….you really believe that ?

    Useless bump indeed…when an Indian can be “magically accepted” as a Malay …no questions asked ????

    First World?….or world’s first known….”sillyzeans”

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Jman:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/opinion/california-gig-economy-bill-ab5.html

    Govt needs to have some backbone and call a spade a spade, and not be in such awe of downright rotten Big Tech and all their lies and garbage spin.

    It is certainly feudalism. And leaders are not up to it if they cannot see the forest for the trees.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Boon Hao:

    The question you should be asking is:”Is the govt doing enough to escalate costs?”

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • bystander:

    Guess you have been voting for the white monkeys all these years, so
    what are you complaining about?
    Just grit your teeth and stinge on expenses. What can a sheep do other than kuai kuai be slaughtered.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Create wealth for more:

    Many are in money not enough situation.
    COL is getting higher.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • more so in absolute $$$:

    //doing enough to control the cost of living?//

    you asked the white idiots lor ? if their linked-here-linked-there entities are also increasing prices for this and that in the name of this and that, surely the baseline cost in that respect will keep going up lar; AND since link-here-and-there entities are major or significant players here, their increase in price (overall) will more or less filter down to the economy or value chain (more so in absolute $$$ when it has a margin / markup built into their value chain prices) hor ?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Bobo:

    At 39 still can keep your job and get $3K. Very lucky guy. Wife part-time also got 1.8K. Very Fantastic liow. Can afford maid somemore. Last time, maid agency charges was very expensive. Maid levy kept increasing and maid salary also increased until we tak boleh tahan. We wanted to sack the PAP, but they were being overly protected by the rich, the educated and old folks who think nothing but gambling and womenizing around with their CPF money. Rumors said they are the roots of our problems resulting in CPF board to change pattern on withdrawal age.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • lying pap S$m liars, thieves:

    Bobo:
    At 39 still can keep your job and get $3K. Very lucky guy. Wife part-time also got 1.8K. Very Fantastic liow. Can afford maid somemore. Last time, maid agency charges was very expensive. Maid levy kept increasing and maid salary also increased until we tak boleh tahan. We wanted to sack the PAP, but they were being overly protected by the rich, the educated and old folks who think nothing but gambling and womenizing around with their CPF money. Rumors said they are the roots of our problems resulting in CPF board to change pattern on withdrawal age.

    bro, S$3k is below median wage. NOT a good sign.

    S$1.8k is even worse. and the couple propagates the misery to the child. they think pap clown says medical school fees S$5k only apply to them. Sorry. Their S$3k and S$1.8k disqualify them.

    so at below median wage both want to believe in the pap crap about good life in money faced pap Spore? it is the right of every couple to have children. BUT it is also the responsibility of the same couple not to produce children and then the children suffer all the way.

    the standard measurement of affordability in Spore today is can afford medical school for children, can afford law school for children. if cannot, then, have a heart. don’t reproduce and make the children suffer. if the children can speak, and the children know how hard it is to live even alone on S$3k per month, the children shall say, PLEASE screw but don’t reproduce.

    Stop spreading misery from one generation to the next. Stop. in money faced pap Spore, no money no nothing.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Left to australia:

    Guess this is class case of monkey see and monkey do
    what are they complaining about?

    Monkey see , monkey do : Early 20s , follow peer pressure, college time or uni , dating feels like brad pitt and angelina jolie, then get married and show face, other see u as “successful” .. then kids come..again others see u as “successful” . at this point of time the “others” already flew off like a flock of birds. U are left scratching your head.. at this point things hit u hard..

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Contork:

    Wat SG control? Just look at MOH how they spend money,
    I was at Poly clinic lately.
    Lots of nurses at X Ray department are seating there DOING ABSOLUTELY nothing but we are paying for their SERVICES!
    Look at Dental services, booking time for next appointment is 1 year later.
    I had an appointment with Dentist, it is a 1 HOUR slot but Dentist finishes within 15 minutes.
    Rest of 45 minutes they just seat there DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!
    Fark the PAP.!! Indian Politics/.!!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • It's The End Already:

    You have already answered your own question.
    If it’s enough, will you bother to write such lengthy stuff?

    If you start questioning the obvious, which many sinkies are because they refused to accept the reality or afraid to voice the truth, then it’s the end of this place.

    Don’t give yourselves any excuses or let doubts get into the way of the truth.
    Call a spade a spade and change it.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Merderka generation Fool:

    To the writer. U deserve no pity. U voted for that

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • PAP Mission n Agenda pt 1:

    PAP, except for the few, with distinctive personal patroitic attributes, of the first generation leaders including Dr Goh KS, crude but honest, Lim KS, Ong PB, mission and agenda well n efficiently broadcasted by the party super effective audio system for PAP, Lee Kuan Yew in just six words “no one owes you a living”. LKY n the following pap generations stick to this literary means that apply to themselves forgetting the implication of the oath of office each MPs n Ministers have sworn upon the Head of their Religious Faith or their personal conscience for free thinkers which there isn’t claimed to be agnostic that they will serve the citizens of Singapore n their country in their interest n benefits
    MeANING they owe Singaporeans their living at least to deploy the funds collected thru taxes n policies to facilitate them to a comfortable living. But LKY n the generations that follow r amnesia of what they sworn upon their God thru their individual faith n just remain that no one owes Singaporeans a living n that they also do not owe Singaporeans a living implying they betray their faith by swearing the Oath of Office or promise to God they owe Singaporeans a living n will try their utmost to do so or God is witnessed n punish accordingly.
    This attitude is succinctly displayed by DPM Heng in today ST from page exhorting business leaders to do more to bridge social divide implicating that PAP is pushing their responsibility embraced in their Oath of Office sworn in the name of their God thru their individual faith. This is very few Singaporeans whose desire of independent thinking has not been completely destroyed by LKY fear stricken indoctrination to exterminate independent thinking which would invariably lead of political fair deal criticism, adverse or supporting. The oft interpretation of LKY n his little juniors n sons of these adverse comments as personal defamation leading to the famous pap Singapore ” sue until your pants drop” a distinctive violation of democratic tenet. No similar threats r seen internationally esp GB, USA, Euro nations. In fact any similar attempt will prompt many investigative journalists including the TRULY independent public institutions like the n anti Corruption units will delve into official records which the independent institution will ensure availability n not tightly blanketed to prove the allegation for they work on the premise that if there is no fire there is no smokes n the difference is the degree n extent of such allegation. As official evidence r not easily sought by ordinary citizens, it is relatively difficult to get to the bottom of the matter. As such no foreign counterparts will do what LKY et al will do n boasted it as morally lofty but effectively really staining the tenets of democracy…

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • TruBlu:

    Obviously the gahmen are hawkishly CONtrolling cost$ to ensure it keeps ri$ing?

    Whats wrong with collecting nore noney.
    Afterall,we are BIG PLAYER IN REAL ESTATE, TELECOMS, UTILITIES,TRANSPORT,HEALTHCARE N MEDICAL TOURISM N EVEN SUPERMARKET.
    You name it,WE are in it?!

    If you dont like it,WHY KEEP VOTING FOR US?
    YOU STUPID?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    Singaporeans should not complain. They got what they voted for.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Jman:

    The current economic model and world order is broken.

    As hard and challenging as it may be, our leaders have to do their part and persuade and implement change.

    This lousy western model has gone on for too Long. People cannot be subject to forever fast paced cost increases, even faster increase in work load, and increasing global companies and people coming to flood our shores with their money, etc.

    As everyone can see, HKers have reached their breaking point.

    We certainly also have a breaking point.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Vote Wisely:

    For anyone that is devoid of loyalty and deference to one’s parents, to one’s ancestors, by extension, to one’s country and its people is unfit to be the leader. To be devoid of such basic qualities of love, care and respect, we will be at the risk of being neglected and be diluted as a nation and the spirit of unity will be broken and destroyed forever.

    Vote wisely.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • MarBowling:

    @Boon Hao

    Please be more PATIENT. Soon the PAPigs Coverment will increase the GST from 7 to 9%. Mai Hum’s seatwarmer cum future PeeM has promised that the increase is to HELP common folks like you and your family! Period. In the meanwhile, slog on. If price of chicken is expensive, buy fish instead. And a gentle reminder:DON’T FORGET to vote for the PAPigs again in the coming GE!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • nihon:

    it will get even more expensive..

    AND soon, you will lose your job to cheaperest, but not better or faster fts.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
Member Services
Self-SupportMembers Login
Sponsored Advertisement

Search On TR Emeritus
Sponsored Advertisement

Most Recent Comments
  • lying pap S$m thieving liars: when it comes to S$m there is no saint, not a single one, especially pap folks whose...
  • The Other Hard Truths: Simply put, everything that the Dowager touches turns into shit. And Singaporeans are made to...
  • Homeless Cat: Best President: The people only want the best President. They don’t care about his or her race or...
  • Police CLOSE DOWN: Use SCOOT to deliver instead?
  • mike: I disagree with you! Regime change may be first step but not really can ‘guarantee’ independent...
  • I Too Kana Ill Treatment: Me too kana ill treatment in NS. Now I grow up, I want to kill those who ILL treat me and I...
  • Dr. Chan: ‘White Horses’ voting for PAP is understandable. But if you are a conscript and family members...
  • Best President: The people only want the best President. They don’t care about his or her race or religion.
  • TruBlu: Whatever! Why sgs must go around delivering food for a living? Why cant the govt return decent paying jobs to...
  • About rulers and the ruled: Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said: “The best of your leaders are those whom you love and...
  • Harder Truths: No despot ever thinks he is wrong. No point talking to him. If he is not shown the door now then he...
  • My Smart Doggie: @NotMyProblem: My doggie also don’t like to poop on the free newspapers. So I try putting...
  • Don't Lie Pinky: If we are really concerned that A Malay should take turn to be the President, then since the first...
  • Harder Truths: I saw a PMD rider with a T-shirt sporting the words ‘Will kill for food’ on a delivery...
  • Harder Truths: Mr Magoo also said he has 20/20 eyesight. Will you let him drive you anywhere?
  • Harder Truths: The problem is not the PMD per se – this is just an inanimate object. The people riding it are...
Announcements
Advertisements
Advertisements
Visitors Statistic
Latest Statistic