Archive for the ‘Taxes and levies’ Category

JB toll hike: penny wise, pound foolish

August 5, 2014

Some of the utterings of Malaysian politicians betray the fact that they are sorely out of touch. One declared that prices of goods in JB are half that in Singapore. This is incorrect. Most goods in JB are only SLIGHTLY cheaper with some even matching Singapore’s. One can get similar goods in Sheng Shiong here […]

Johor Baru toll hike: LTA ridiculous threat to match it in obvious money grab

July 30, 2014

As expected, LTA has issued the threat that it’d retaliate if JB were to increase or introduce a new toll at its CIQ. LTA’s oft repeated mantra is “We will match Malaysia” as if it’s fighting for the interests of Singapore motorists. The bald truth is that it’s another of LTA’s ridiculous excuses to generate […]

VEP increases: Msian government killing the golden goose

July 23, 2014

All governments regard an additional stream irresistible. The only thing that may make them think twice is the threat of paying a political price. Long used to squeezing money from its citizens, the ruling PAP hitherto have had no such fears. But the bad habit is so ingrained in its DNA, that the PAP still […]

PAP Core Value: collecting and collecting more and more revenue

June 5, 2014

Unjustified: ERP is to control traffic congestion but where’s the congestion here? Illogical.   I was struck by what the British PM David Cameron said yesterday in Parliament. To a packed House, he declared that his government intended to let people keep more of their money in their pockets. Say what you like about the […]

LTA Greed: Enforcement Officers chasing after every cent Part 2

April 1, 2013

One look at the picture of the yellow lines in a narrow back lane in Singapore and a Malaysian burst out laughing like mad. “This is crazy. Your government is insanely greedy for money,” he said. “You Singaporeans are easily bullied we Malaysians always say.” “In Malaysia, parking is generally free. After all, roads are […]

Most expensive cities in the world: Singapore ranks 6th, well done PAP

February 5, 2013

It’d come as no surprise to Singaporeans that the country is the 6th most expensive city in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit in its latest survey of transport, utilities, food, clothing and other items in 131 cities across the world. However, with its obsession with ranking the Singapore government must be showering […]

NParks officer in Brompton bikes purchase suspended: public cant be conned

July 25, 2012

The majority of Singaporeans were upset over NParks imprudent purchase of high-end foldable Brompton bicycles. Even my normally placid friend George lashed out, pronouncing the whole saga as “fishy”. But National Development Minister Khaw fended off criticism with claims that the procurement process was in order and that such high-end bikes would aid productivity. However, […]

Casino levies hit $288 million: spell out how windfall will be used

July 10, 2012

It’s been disclosed in Parliament that the government raked in $288 million in casino levies in the last 18 months. It was also revealed that tax revenues from the integrated resorts experienced a net increase of $900 million in 2010 and $1.1 billion in 2011. These are astronomical sums so naturally many people have been […]