Singapore Election 2011

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Tharman contradicts PM Lee by promising no GST increase in next 5 years

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 23, 2011

The PAP appears to be split right down the middle with its leaders making conflicting statements of late which are confusing Singaporeans.

During the recently held CNA forum, a participant asked (caretaker) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong if the PAP will increase GST after the general election.

PM Lee gave a vague answer:

“It depends on the economic environment and budget spending”.

PM Lee did not any make any promise that GST will not be raised.

However, (caretaker) Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam now claimed that GST will not be raised for at least another five years.  

“As Finance Minister, I have made that very clear in Parliament that at least for the next five years – it does not mean we will raise it in five years’ time – but at least for five years, there is absolutely no reason to raise the GST,” he told the media on the sidelines of a community event.

So who is speaking the truth? Lee or Tharman?

Either way, Singaporeans should not have too much faith in the PAP. Six months after GE 2006, GST was raised to 7 percent to ‘help the poor’ and Singaporeans were asked to ‘take the bitter pill.’

One day after PM Lee said the PAP will ‘moderate’ the inflow of foreigners, CONTACT Singapore, an agency under EDB, hosted an extravagant job fair in Shanghai on 17 April.

Singaporeans should vote wisely in the coming general election so that they will not be forced to take more ‘bitter pills’ by their so-called ‘servants’ again.

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