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Singapore continues to be plagued by a government that leeches itself on the economy

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: Singapore continues to be plagued by a government that leeches itself on the economy, sucking the lifeblood out of the workforce.

Now, having opened Orange & Teal (O&T), I can speak from first-hand experience how the People’s Action Party (PAP) continues this wayward economic governance at the expense of society.

I’m, of course, referring to the collection of fees and other charges (eg, foreign worker levy, COEs, ERPs) which is an easy way of lining state coffers but has a pernicious effect on the people.

Let’s start with the F&B business. It’s become axiomatic that sourcing staff for restaurants are stuff of nightmares. I came across a restaurant that was almost pleading with customers not to be abusive to its staff because of the long waiting times due to staff shortage. This is partly due to the lack of workers skilled in the area of F&B. How the situation deteriorated to such an extent is another discussion.

And because there is such a shortage of locals for the sector, F&B operators have had to turn to employing foreigners. The PAP then exploits the situation by charging – gratuitously – a foreign worker levy of several hundred dollars per worker.

It says that such a levy is a “pricing mechanism” necessary to control the number of foreign workers being employed in Singapore.

This is hogwash. The government pre-determines the number of people it allows in to work here. Even if a company is willing to pay a million dollars for a foreign worker, if the government doesn’t allow that worker to come in, it doesn’t happen. It’s that simple.

Tacking on a levy for every foreign employee is wholly unnecessary and serves only as a source of easy money for the state.

(Aside #1: It’s the same for COEs. The authorities already fix the number of new cars allowed on our roads each month/year. COEs is just an excuse to extract more money from the populace.)

How does the foreign workers’ levy affect Singaporeans? For starters, the increased cost of doing business is passed onto customers. Is it any wonder that people find it increasingly expensive to eat out?

(Aside #2: And don’t get me started on rent, which is another cash cow for the government and which adds to the burden of operators and consumers. The only party laughing all the way to the bank is of the People’s-Action ilk.)

Back to the issue at hand. Employing just a few foreigners means that a company may end up paying thousands of dollars in levies. Such amounts could mean the difference between viability as a business or going under.

The levies also mean that employers are constrained in paying their staff better wages – including Singaporeans –.

(Aside #3: The levy is not confined to the F&B industry. The construction sector also needs a multitude of foreign workers. Each contractor/sub-contractor building your HDB flat pays enormous sums on levies. This cost is passed onto to HDB, a cost which you end up paying when you buy a flat – a double boon for the government.)

What all this means is that the exorbitant cost of living makes life in Singapore highly stressful, resulting in younger couples opting for fewer children which, in turn, gives the PAP the opportunity to declare a procreation crisis and open the immigration gates even wider – all the while collecting billions in revenue from employers of foreign workers.

This must stop. This is why my Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) colleagues and I continue to work towards the next General Election. Many of you have asked me whether I will continue in politics since I opened Orange & Teal. I say again, until this old heart of mine stops beating, I will never stop speaking up for this nation, for our people.

Now more than ever, I need your support to get into Parliament. See you at O&T.

 

Dr Chee Soon Juan

 

 

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26 Responses to “Singapore continues to be plagued by a government that leeches itself on the economy”

  • xoxo:

    Whats wrong with collecting more money?
    That is the real impetu$.
    Greed knows no boundary.

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    Dr. Chee, cannot always blame PAP. Knowing foods are poisonous, yet Sinkies chose to eat it, who’s to blame? The answer is obvious.

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  • Double standards:

    Generally it is being said that the ruling party has been importing cheap labour for growth in GDP.

    And now here we see people kpkb that the ruling party is being very difficult when people try to get foreign workers.

    Double standards in practice!

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  • Speakshit:

    Xoxo, your first sentence speak ” SHIT”
    YOU PAP SHIT ?

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  • Speakshit:

    The correct way is ” the real impetus of gov is collecting more money”

    You afraid of your own shadow ?

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  • MarBowling:

    Great comments by Dr Chee!

    Hopefully, 62.14% can wake up from the slumberland and do the NEEDFUL: show Mai Hum and the PAPigs the Middle Finger in the NEXT GE in 2024/2025!

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  • GetReal:

    From a businessman cum politician perspective in an area related to self interests and survivability(your money and monkey business), it is hypocritical, to its core, when you judge and criticise the government’s business affairs with national interests at stake.
    That said, the people’s lusts, including yours, have led to the deepening and depth of hell. That’s democracy! and the decadent west is thrill to pursue its agenda with you to the…end.

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  • Boring:

    Dr Chee,

    How many election have u won? Zero.

    How many election u can win in the future? Zero.

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  • Uc:

    Cancer.

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  • John Doe:

    When a SG failed to capture and utilize all the benefits that came with modern day Globalisation and Tech Advances
    – the PAP Administration wasted no time for dozens of years to heap huge blame day in day out, AND MOURN AND Mourn, BEG and BEG To SGpns to allow foreigners IN to build roads, schools, infrastructures AND assist in SG fintech.

    And the PAP threaten if no FTs in as construction workers, DO NOT EXPECT to obtain flat keys SOP enough.
    (STRANGE, birth rates DOWN HORRENDOUSLY year after year, DEMAMD for flats MUST BE FROM DEVILS and GHOSTS).

    When SG under the UNCTAD GSP systems – didn’t we have had tremendous TRADE BENEFITS of preferential exports of plywood, garments, electronics, toys, et al.

    So wasn’t those yesteryear SG was Ble to reap huge gains.

    And now the PAP CRY father CRY mother out loud – SG HAVE TO OPEN LEGS.

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    Someone or any group HAS TO FORM and start to analyze and gather up a paper in time to come AS HUGE EVIDENCE –

    use it to sue the PAP Administration of damaging SG and its people over the years with reference to No Blame Culture, failing to accept responsibility of say, causing deaths of Hep C patients, under their care, lost of millions of dollars of National Savings when $millions of dollars were lost in damaged fire engines, burnt police cars,

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    As I see it doc, the levy offset the low salary…Win & Win for Pay & Pay for the forever losers People & Pay

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    This FW levy is pure nonsense.

    1) If not enough workers, then why the garmen did NOT address our birthrate for past 30+ YEARS, until now SG has the third WORST TFR in the world? (Hint: Pig cannot fly even given long runway, hor)

    2) If locals doesn’t want to take certain jobs (like president’s son doesn’t want to do NS before his own career), then the wages in those “undesirable” jobs should be increased so that demand and supply equalized. In the background, such jobs should be redesigned with automation and/or better processes. So many G-scholars yet no brains to redesign, meh? Our estate maintenance sweepers still using the same type of broom past 40 years! Why???

    3) If allowing FWs in is to help coys survive, then ALL workers should be paid the same wage level in each sector. Why need to “tax” the coys for hiring FWs when the garmen FAILED in (1) and (2) above? The levy should be given to the workers pay (since they did the work), not the garmen sitting doing nothing.

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  • Pay and Pay:

    Dr Chee,
    Singaporeans have been watching PAP’s nonsense for years. Hence, many voted for SDP in the last election which garnered substantial votes for SDP.

    I’m sure you will win in Bt Batok in the next election to replace a part-time MP who has gone silent for a long while. He will suddenly show up when he gets pressure from the residents.

    Bt Batok residents have woken up and know exactly who is on the ground to help residents.

    Dirty PAP may move the boundaries in BB to secure a win again. Leave to God for these people to be punished.

    Keep up the good work. Wishing you and Dr Paul all the best. We love you both and Team SDP.

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  • salute you and your family:

    You all walk your talk – I respect you.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    Bukit Batok residents,there is no reason why you have not voted Dr. Chee into Parliament.Murali speaks a lot more than other PAP MPs but he supports all of the PAP’s policies and we have already too many PAP MPs echoing each other. Since we are the paymasters we should be smart to have different representation to get all MPs working for our interest at the same cost as present.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Dear Chee,
    Why always target our great PAP ?

    Your great demoncratic Americunt is far worse.

    1. Americunt con its allies to sanction Russia.
    2. Russia retaliate by stopping energy to Americunt allies.
    3. Americunt seize the opportunity to sell energy at 5 times higher prices to its allies.

    Energy traders are making a killing exporting US natural gas to Europe as prices soar – with some single shipments bringing in $200 million
    https://bit.ly/3V7DENT

    You are a trait0r …pretending not to see your Americunt evil deeds.

    You are working with foreigner to do Singapore in.

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  • Defence of XOXO:

    Speakshit, you speak shit. Don’t know Singapore context, scold people wrongly!

    Speakshit:
    Xoxo, your first sentence speak ” SHIT”
    YOU PAP SHIT ?

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  • Papa's Pappies R Freeloaders:

    Need we say more? The HDB is priced like pseudo-private property because Ahgong decreed public flats as financially speculative “assets”… so the crazy boom for resale flats is used to justify sky high BTO flat prices. And the Medisave piggybank is a scam like no other to find their MOH Holdings corporation!

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  • xoxo:

    @Defence
    Thanks for speaking for truth.
    @Speakshit
    Sad to note you spit shit.
    No,it seems you EAT shit.
    Go sanitise your shitty mouth.
    Cheerio.

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  • IB's Responses:

    It is very noticeable that whenever Dr Chee writes any article on PAP’s incompetency or against their policies, there are numerous responses from IB people, to target Dr Chee personally on his character.

    This only shows that Dr Chee’s adversaries are so afraid of all the truths being articulated by Dr Chee or SDP party.

    PAP’s IB is very active and always ready pounce on Dr Chee.

    Voters are watching. BB residents know too well Dr Chee is doing so much good to keep part-time MP Murali on his toes.

    Let’s gather to give Dr Chee a chance to show Singaporeans, how an effective fulltime MP should be, as we vouch for Dr Chee to become an MP of Bukit Batok.

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  • stupid citizens vote pap:

    IB's Responses:
    It is very noticeable that whenever Dr Chee writes any article on PAP’s incompetency or against their policies, there are numerous responses from IB people, to target Dr Chee personally on his character.

    This only shows that Dr Chee’s adversaries are so afraid of all the truths being articulated by Dr Chee or SDP party.

    PAP’s IB is very active and always ready pounce on Dr Chee.

    Voters are watching. BB residents know too well Dr Chee is doing so much good to keep part-time MP Murali on his toes.

    Let’s gather to give Dr Chee a chance to show Singaporeans, how an effective fulltime MP should be, as we vouch for Dr Chee to become an MP of Bukit Batok.

    So true.

    We are pro OPPO. As long as not from pap, we support.

    Many say Dr Chee is stupid. His messages are incoherent.

    Maybe true. Maybe not true.

    Which pap Lj or pap Cb has ever spoken the truth? NONE.

    So in the big picture, Dr Chee is not so bad when he is compared with all the pap Ljs and pap Cbs.

    Anyway, we digress. Our position is, and has always been, as long as it is not pap we support.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    “…(Aside #3: The levy is not confined to the F&B industry. The construction sector also needs a multitude of foreign workers. Each contractor/sub-contractor building your HDB flat pays enormous sums on levies. This cost is passed onto to HDB, a cost which you end up paying when you buy a flat – a double boon for the government.)…”

    ———-

    Singaporeans is very ignorant of many things, likely they bo-chap, too dumb to think critically and/or the media is tightly controlled.

    I’ve mentioned before – how did SG achieve Newater quality at relatively low cost even though the technology has been around many years (and many other countries or sectors uses RO)? By law, the water runoff from our construction sites must be called “crystal-clear” quality, in water treatment terminology, called ultra-pure. The construction coys thus have to spend additional costs on water treatment – each site maybe 1-2 years constructing, every day rain comes, must treat the water – go figure the volume). Now, who do they pass such cost to? HDB? Eat themselves? As rainwater/drainage runoff (NOT sewerage water!) is a major source for our internal supply, which gets treated into Newater, PUB thereby save lots because the water is effectively PRE-TREATED for them (or called micro-filtered for them). Gov boasted it is very clever, can developed Newater technology but actually it is clever to get the building owners and HBD dwellers to be ones paying behind the scene.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Mr Chee, news of you opening another second outlet at Marina sq.

    That means your business is on track. If it continues to flourish and bloom, you can proudly claim credit. “Its my effort” or “i did it my way” or whatever you wish to say if theres any interview. So whats your problem ?

    Restaurant pleading with customers ?
    Run business is like that. There will be good customer there will be bad customer. So easy everybody bosses already.

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  • Western Sheep:

    This, I have to agree with you.
    Some are knowledgeable about Singapore, but they know shit about other countries.

    - Americans have not killed anyone in Asia since WW1.
    - Asia has peace since WW2.
    - US only attack Middle East.

    theforgottongeneration: Singaporeans is very ignorant of many things, likely they bo-chap, too dumb to think critically and/or the media is tightly controlled.

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  • T-Rex:

    Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:
    Dr. Chee, cannot always blame PAP. Knowing foods are poisonous, yet Sinkies chose to eat it, who’s to blame? The answer is obvious.

    Most Sinkies don’t have critical thinking nor critical reading skills. That’s why they are royally screwed. Young Sinkies suffer from high anxiety at 11/12 years old to prepare to be filtered and sorted in the ‘education’ system.

    Today, PAPigs want to attract gullible foreigners into SG to milk them like cows, so hype marketing has been intensive over the decades. These folks know no better. Even our Bangladeshi brothers who have working here for eons can see Sinkies are not happy, but significantly stressed. To bring in more foreigners, MOE has been used to sell education. Singapore is using PISA rankings to market itself to the world that its 15 year olds have a good education. The dark side of this is that teachers are resigning and leaving and it is getting significantly harder to attract Sinkies to join as school teachers, so now foreigners can teach in Sinkie schools. Teachers are squeezed to do exorbitant testing on Sinkie kids for purposes of international ranking, so when ranking looks good; many naive foreigners decide to come into Sinkieland and make babies ‘cos education ‘seems’ good. This is a marketing strategy to bring more foreigners and bloat up the island. End result, local teachers are burnt but not to worry, can hire foreign teachers and new PRs to teach as this has happened steadily since 2005.

    There’s a reason why the super large majority who come in are from third world China, third world India and other third world pinoys.

    Sinkies have been made to run very fast so that they are no longer razor sharp to see how G is royally screwing them.

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