SDP’s response to Budget 2020

 

On Tuesday (18 Feb), the Singapore Democratic Party released a video depicting their response to the Budget 2020 presented by DPM Heng Swee Keat in Parliament. The 9-minute video features Chairman Professor Paul Tambyah and local entrepreneur Alfred Tan sharing their views.

Both men had acknowledged the efforts of frontline staff in tackling the COVID-19 virus, which they believe “will pass”.

Dr. Tambyah said that the Budget was “full of little tweaks and complex schemes which [are] short on bold moves to address the challenges that face all Singaporeans”. This, he said, does not address the rising cost of living and the attitude of the government “which views the country as a corporation, and our people as consumers”.

GST increases are not appropriate at a time like this

Both men also questioned the need to raise GST, with Mr. Alfred Tan saying that the economic impact from the COVID-19 on Singapore could be “felt through the next few years”. He said that the government should not be adding “greater financial burden to the average consumers” at this time.

Mr. Alfred Tan added that the GST collected $11 billion in revenue for the government and affects everyone, while the GST voucher costs a “paltry” fraction of the amount at $800 million a year.

The local entrepreneur proposed that the party changed to zero basic food, necessities and healthcare protects the “less well-off and vulnerable” without unnecessary cash outflows in the first place.

To fund the budget, alternatives such as estate duty and capital gains tax could be introduced, while the government could also increasing the 50% arbitrary NRIC and cut down on “wasteful spending on useless projects and unnecessary expenditure” – examples cited include Terminal 5 and the Founder’s Memorial.

Mr. Alfred Tan then concluded that “if the government is more prudent and careful in its spending, we will not need so much money in the first place.”

Professor Tambyah also expressed his disappointment that “there was no promise by the government to rein in the rises in bus fares, water and electricity charges, school bus fares and all the others which burn Singaporeans”.

Retrenchment Insurance in vulnerable times

Mr. Tan also took the opportunity to propose a retrenchment insurance, the SDP’s RESTART (Reemployment and Temporary Assistance for the Retrenched) programme.

Under the programme, the scheme pays a retrenchment benefit for 18 month – 75% of last drawn salary for the first 6 months, 50% for the next 6 months and, 25% for the final 6 months. This will be capped at the prevailing median wage.

Dr. Tambyah ended with the conclusion that the party should “go beyond the epidemic and face the real challenges”.

“If you put us in parliament in the coming GE, we will work hard to build a democratic Singapore based on Justice and Equality”

 

 

 

 

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34 Responses to “SDP’s response to Budget 2020”

  • 300 spartans:

    Papiggies should staple the $300 that every sinkie above 21 is getting to the the GE voting card.
    I am 18.
    I want to vote and want my $300.
    Every other 18-year-old in the world, except sinkie get a chance to vote. WHY?

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  • Talkcockmp:

    Not possible becaused, they over spend on themselves.

    TAX Payers $$$, belongs to PAP. Period.

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  • Kanabiran Krishnan:

    Hi …It’s disappointing the budget 2020..as always and as you stated as well its “full of little tweaks and complex schemes..lets move on to the forthcoming GE..you guys got my vote as well as the many people that I have been talking to and making them realize the importance of having a solid opposition..no more free rides for the PAP..they are definitely going to get a fight from the various opposition parties irrespective.

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  • Harder Truths:

    SDP – come out with a comprehensive Budget that addresses all the issues like TH, GIC , Reserves, NSF wages, school fees etc.

    If you continue like this just bits and pieces you are in trouble,

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    “No NEED to dig into RESERVES” ??? Really???…who do you think is using both hands in the RESERVES…and who BEARS the LOSSES??? and the Balance Figure is it a Picture of Great Imagination or ILLUSION!!!

    Paint a Picture of ROSINESS on the RESERVES…is it REALLY THERE??? or is it only WORDS!!!! and “WORDS” are all you need to KNOW!!!

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  • VTO:

    GE coming. Either we can vote for Change and permanent financial relief or vote for GST and impending GST hikes.

    GST, average person pays about $50,000 GST tax in Ten years period [at 5K income per month, assume 80% spent @7% GST tax].

    I ask you a question;

    How much does your CPF interest gain you in 10 years period? $50K??? GST totally defeats the purpose of CPF compulsory savings for retirement scheme. Does it appears like One hand say give you, 2 hands take back while they used your money for free? Unlike Japan, their equivalent of GST Tax is for pension funds for its citizens. So, what has PAPi done or provides for us?

    Does it makes sense for you? Please use your vote wisely.

    Also, don’t vote any Opposition Parties that support GST like SDP. Easy money makes them all lazy and useless on how to effectively progress the country.

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  • DonnoWatToSay:

    GE is on the horizon.
    So give give give handouts to blindfold the dafts.
    Later will grab back 3x ( fares & price hikes n taxes).
    Nothing to be happy about.
    nevertheless whatever given just take n save for a rainy day,if u can..
    Cuz its gonna be a rough road ahead.

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  • GE coming,many sweeteners:

    Harder Truths:
    SDP – come out with a comprehensive Budget that addresses all the issues like TH, GIC , Reserves, NSF wages, school fees etc.

    If you continue like this just bits and pieces you are in trouble,

    PAP keeps stealing their great ideas..
    Better wait for GE campaigning.
    Even postponing the 9%GST hike was sdp’s proposal by dr chee.

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  • Billyma:

    Basically PAP is reusing the same old trick again & again.

    Just put a bit of money into the pocket of Singaporeans, PAP throughly believe this is enough.
    The last election proved this belief.

    At least majority of old uncles & aunties will buy this treat. Or is it trick?

    For young Singaporeans, do note that PAP will be taking in at 5 millions foreigners. Not here for holiday but to take away your jobs.

    For the happy middle age Singaporeans, enjoy your happiness now be cos your future generations will bear the consequences of your present enjoyment.

    Be happy while it lasts.

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  • Don't cry for me Sg:

    Ah heng made it sounds like big deal, giving handouts here and there to sinkies. But it’s really paltry, more like crumbs while miws still laugh themselves to the bank and cpf statements every month.

    The bottom line is that our children face a daunting bleak future with the open leg policy of flooding foreign trashes to 10m, even though covid is eventually over.

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  • Fake Budget:

    Don’t collect rent from hawkers means that they will collect rent for 11 long months without reduction in monthly rent!

    This is called don’t collect rent!

    Give 15% or 20% tax rebates to businesses means they will collect taxes of 80 to 85% taxes.

    Give $500 for training……….who goes and what is the balance in the fund. I think they can buy many palaces with the balance. This is not fake news cause I do not know the balance which is held tightly by the leegime.

    Got increase cpf ………can’t use what for?

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  • TruBlu:

    PRO-busine$$ equals to PRO-KAKI NANG!

    In good times,Businesses RAPE sgs of their $.
    In BAD TIMES,gahmen HELP BUSINESSES to RAPE OUR RESERVES.

    BRAVO! 70 PCT SHEEPLE,YOU DESERVE MORE *FARKING*?

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  • SDP better policies:

    Singaporeans who are not so smart thinks that everything the gabrament does to them they can only say “it’s boh Bian one”.

    The small population of smarter singaporeans know that Singaporeans are being shortchanged.

    One YEOH LK ever said, by right by now Singaporeans should be living a standard log living like Japanese or Australians.

    But as one Tommy said, Singaporeans are still 3rd world people.

    Well educated fools. Fully manipulated .

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  • UniQ:

    Why nobody ask why our CPF BHS is raising so much annually ? it is now risen from $57,200 to $60,000 !! My God how on earth is a typical Singaporean going to meet that sum with :

    - Rising Housing Price
    - Rising Medishield Insurance
    - Rising Eldershield cost
    - Raising Minimum Sum

    Yet many cannot get their hard earned medisave to pay for the medical cost ??

    Seriously, what is the used with so much zeros in the CPF and you can’t even smell it much less use them effectively ?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Budget 2020 is another good reason for REGIME CHANGE. As expected it is full of the usual “one-offs”, “quick fixes” and “new funds” (to justify more fund raising i.e., “rent-seeking”)

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  • PAP SURE LOSE:

    A leopards never changes its spots. Likewise once stingy , ALWAYS stingyt.

    Do you know PAP dictatorship earns billions just selling you a piece of paper called COE.
    Just one or two, maybe three COE biddings, regime earns a billion, free money. Even better than APPLE, Airbus or Boeing.

    Where does that free money goes to?

    All those billions should be returned to society to improve our lives and to put a brake on a lot of unnecessary charges and fees.

    Regime change is needed.

    If not we are forever stuck with bookish and zero experience Ministers who simply parrot from textbooks.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    This budget is totally, without doubt, is for buying vote.

    PAP only tell you the goodies of rebate, voucher this voucher that, like some hypnotic spell.

    PAP didn’t not tell you what they will be charging in fee, taxes, tariff and charges.

    After the GE, you will know and just remember that you voted for it.

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  • Our beloved leeches:

    Bug eyes speaks like a toad, croaking along. Small wonder that mist pappies could fall asleep quickly.

    Kee chiu sounds like a chow ah beng, no class nor finesse whatever. Atrocious english to say the least, many times worst than that zorro lim xia suay.

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  • pap.sure.LOSE.2020:

    every budget year, pap says cannot afford and budget deficit.

    but every year, truth is, budget surplus above S$10 billions.

    year after year after year budget surplus.

    GST needs to rise after 2021?

    No need.

    because pap already voted out before end 2021.

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  • We're In While Others Want Out:

    Another $1.6B down the drain. Lucky LG.
    A classic textbook guide of betting on downward trend?
    A case of smartness or being too smart?
    Pigs mantra of always doing the opposite, while dafts pick up the tab?

    https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/gic-buys-lg-twin-towers-in-beijing-for-over-159b

    Meanwhile GST is up for dafts.

    While we gamble with your money, you die your own business?

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  • Michael:

    I also agree with majority concerned here .it seems like pap has give a drum stick this time round due to election year ..but beware because once the they got re-elected ,they will start to tax and tax again .

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  • GrassLoots Cronyism:

    Michael:
    I also agree with majority concerned here .it seems like pap has give a drum stick this time round due to election year ..but beware because once the they got re-elected ,they will start to tax and tax again .

    You mean the [email protected] 55 promise reneged?

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  • Business Asking For Help ?:

    When the companies made money, tghey kept quiet. Did they help the people eg charities etc..

    When situation goes bad, they ask the governmrnt for help by using taxpayer money to solve their financisl problems.

    How can ? Think the public is stupid or what ?

    Just vote out the PAP.

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  • What's the Difeerence ?:

    Lee Bee Wah the MP for Nee Soon scolded Singaporeans See Kwee Kiah.

    Non Chan Chun Seng scolded Singapoeans ‘Idiots’, ‘Morons’, ‘Siah Suay’.

    Whats the difference between both of them ? They are both low level individuals trying to act like high level officials.

    Its time to vote these kind of people out in the coming election.

    Vote the PAP Out .

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  • Plans for better living needed:

    Tons of money in the vault, “impressive” budget, yet continuing voices of dissatisfaction and anxieties. Why?
    1. Inequality in salaries. Those in charge and business owners pays themselves super well in comparison to what the vast masses are getting. This creates constant jealousy.
    2. Nobody takes the initiative to ensure ONE DECENT SALARY SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT ONE FAMILY so no need for wife to leave home go out to work. The man is responsible to put the bread on the table.
    3. Encourage, create a culture for wife to stay home to manage the home not leave this all important role and task to foreign strange maids.
    4. Working couples work hard to flaunt on family year end holidays and quietly struggling to hire maids to keep up with neighbor status conscious Joneses.
    5. By all means educate women to highest educational level, but encourage married women to stay and manage home full time as necessary. Create the attractions to stay home. Follow the natural order of needs and essentials.
    6. The system as of now greedily and selfishly want (trap) men and women to work to help back up the rich to stay and remain rich and grow richer. But of course the wives of the super rich have the advantage can afford to stay at home any time they choose.
    7. When wife steps out of home to work, home/husband/children are neglected with all sorts of consequences and unhappy outcomes. The other extreme being the wife gets deeply involved and entangled in outside activities and “office spouse” affair. Check it out.
    8. Let us seriously examine what creates a QUALITY WHOLESOME family. Isn’t this what life is all about.
    9. Money isn’t everything, money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot reverse the declining population and people being afraid of getting married and having children. Cases of many children getting difficult to manage on the rise. Many are living in a spiritual desert.
    10.The natural order is, repeat, women stays home and manage the home, her most important function, for stability and tranquility of the home. Expect hundreds of arguments on this subject.
    11.Happy families make for a happy nation, not a nation with too much overflowing never ending complaints.
    12.All above may seem and sound simplistic to some. Yes we need numbers and defence and modern economics and what have you, but could our planners do better to improve provide a meaningful better existence for those they are responsible for.
    13.Think harder and deeper and wisely to provide happiness during the lifespan of the individual’s existence.

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  • Police CLOSE DOWN:

    At least SDP dare to voice out. Unlike those bo chi, bo lan cheow, bo ka chng uncles at Jalan Batu Hawker center and katong pool – drop oblique hints. Once a coward always a coward.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.FLOP.GE2019/20:

    So agree.

    pap.sure.LOSE.2020:
    every budget year, pap says cannot afford and budget deficit.

    but every year, truth is, budget surplus above S$10 billions.

    year after year after year budget surplus.

    GST needs to rise after 2021?

    No need.

    because pap already voted out before end 2021.

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  • No longer opposition parties!:

    The other parties need to collectively rebrand.
    Stop calling yourself opposition parties, and stop others from calling you opposition parties.

    Why?
    1. “Opposition” has a lousy tasted.
    2. “Opposition parties” is a basket of apples. Any rotten or spy apple spoil the whole basket. Must avoid.

    Then what?
    Call yourself by your own party name. And INSIST the propaganda house don’t refer to you as opposition party.

    Just look at UK and US and anywhere in the world. There are no “opposition parties.” This is a derogatory name coined to degrade other parties.

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  • Lee Gan! Yew:

    No longer opposition parties!:
    The other parties need to collectively rebrand.
    Stop calling yourself opposition parties, and stop others from calling you opposition parties.

    Why?
    1. “Opposition” has a lousy tasted.
    2. “Opposition parties” is a basket of apples. Any rotten or spy apple spoil the whole basket. Must avoid.

    Then what?
    Call yourself by your own party name. And INSIST the propaganda house don’t refer to you as opposition party.

    Just look at UK and US and anywhere in the world. There are no “opposition parties.” This is a derogatory name coined to degrade other parties.

    I cannot fault you for saying that.

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  • Joker of SG:

    SDP video like sian sian.
    Learn from CCS in this video how he cheer the people up with his singlish :

    https://youtu.be/nEzRf2_a_wE

    Jack Neo pales in comparison .

    Mee Siam Mai Hum!

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  • 1st things first, topple pap:

    Joker of SG:
    SDP video like sian sian.
    Learn from CCS in this video how he cheer the people up with his singlish :

    https://youtu.be/nEzRf2_a_wE

    Jack Neo pales in comparison .

    Mee Siam Mai Hum!

    bro, first, thank you. Agree.

    we tell you this.

    we used to work in a company. everyone plays follow the leader. if the leader honest, everyone tries to be honest.

    but if the leader cheats on expense account, as told to everyone by his secretary, all others with expense accounts all cheat here and there.

    point is this.

    pap kee chiu sia suay bugs bunny chan chun sing dare to say bad things about 70% sheep? 100% we tell you, No.

    it is only because he is seeing his pap leaders do so, then, and only then, he dares to do the same.

    if chan chun sing of pap is doing it, rest assured 100% all his bosses in pap echelon are confirmed doing it and have done it first.

    that is why whenever pap clown appears in front of us, we just turn off the tv or throw away that page that shows his ffffing lying face.

    chan chun sing of pap is telling everyone how his bosses in pap are talking about 70% sheep who voted all of them into power.

    we are 30%. because we have never voted pap, never will.

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  • 油水万岁:

    金鼠带来尿屎超级的猩味濃濃白黄大量的油水:值得猩窝里有大大小小加上黄和烂不可再烂的臭蕉高呼始木耻亡岁。油水还是油水,大量小量还是比斩尽杀绝来的高潮和改正星历成为猩厉来得精彩啊:

    星厉从此需改成为猩厉猩厉。国际媒体誁論始木耻史必需休改。一个精明大政家根本是一个大骗局。猩律会所剛發現政明精明大器是,完完整整的虚假的而被乳臭未干的小媳妇骗得团团转! 是真的吗!当然是真的!尿屎大大小小屁虫说的那会是假的!蠢猩民!骗子尤其是女的有能力骗一个全世界政界所認为精明分子吗!不可能! 可是猩律所说得那里会假得呢?不怕大猩猩部长POFMA吗:他们敢说錯嗎?但骗子只会诈儍子!星蠢民和世界政界和媒体们都被儍子虚假了五十年啊!名声掃地,可悲啊。星民被一个儍子虚假了五十年化了几仟万元还给一个蠢货说成儍星民。你看星民蠢不蠢,冤不冤啊:

    如果尿屎说这个不是真的而是假的,然而是律所所说的是假的吗:还是根本是尿说的或屎说呢。老李是精明还是儍子呢你们说评看。只有骗子祚儍子哪有可能精明被骗的。 真的實情是啥啊?:
    或是報应来得真快。悪有悪報!蠢星民还记得老李死前说得威胁诺言

    他可要回来哦。千万注意半亱敲门之传说啊!
    古人曰:不做亏心事,不怕鬼敲门!
    老李哦,可不要㪣错门哦!

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  • Trublu:

    Jokers taking care of jesters.
    What else?
    Jobless sgs are left out to perish by the wayside.

    TAX YOU TIĹL YOUR NOSE BLEEDS.
    GIVE YOU PEANUTS AS THEY TAKE YOU AS MONKEYS???

    SGS MUST ALL WAKE UP!

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  • SDP Boleh:

    Again, brilliant ideas from SDP. Vote SDP into parliament for a better and wealthier Singapore. SDP Huat Huat Huat !!!

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