Singapore TV licence: justify $25 late payment fine!

Not only are Singaporeans forced to pay the annual TV licence fee (many countries have abolished this), but when you are late in coughing up your $110 you’re slapped with a fine of $25.

How does the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) justify this fine of 22% of the annual fee?

MDA says the fine is a deterrent and a means to cover its effort in getting people to pay up.

Motorists will also tell you that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is also into the same act. Pay your road tax late even for one day and they will be slapped with a fine which gets increasingly heavier when payment continues to be delayed.

If these Authorities were a business concern imposing fines left, right and centre eg. a telco, they’d be out of business in no time.

Sometimes I wonder if raking in revenue is one of the important performance indicators for statutory boards, govt agencies and govt ministries, and , of course, the many feared Authorities.

That’s why LTA has enough ERP gantries around our tiny island to strangle motorists.

Another example is the exit tax for motorists at the Woodlands Checkpoint? For what purpose? To use the Johor-Singapore Causeway which was completed in 1923?

C’mon, don’t take us for fools.

So, when people say we are a fine city they’re not joking.

Or that we are a Pay and Pay country! (A word-play on the ruling party, People’s Action Party)


Related post: Dec 19 – why pay Singapore TV licence?


2 Responses to “Singapore TV licence: justify $25 late payment fine!”

  1. I was fined for a road tax late payment – $40.00 a year ago. I only made the complaint and provided my reason a month ago. They returned my money.

    I guess if you give a reason, they might, just might, return you your money. Otherwise, bye, bye hard earned money.

    • Surfing blogosphere, I came across others who expressed outrage (some in explicitly colorful language) at the way the authorities chasing after every dollar. Hope others take heart from your experience.

      Sent from my iPhone

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