Friday, May 6, 2011
Q: Why doesn't Singapore cut the GST to lower costs?
A: Cutting the GSt will benefit the rich more than the poor.
Hard Truth: They still stubbornly refuse to accept the universal truth that GST is regressive.
Q: Why not exempt basic necessities from GST to help lower-income Singaporeans?
A: If flour and sugar are basic necessities, how about biscuits and cakes?
Hard Truth: This is exactly like Marie Antionette, when told the people have no bread, saying, "Let them eat cake!" Off with their heads!
Q:Are good jobs that Singaporeans want and can fill being taken away by foreigners?
A: From 2005 to 2008 when the economic was growing, the number of jobs for both Singaporeans and foreigners grew.
Hard Truth: Note they omitted to mention the academics' finding that more new jobs went to foreigners than to Singaporeans.
Q: Can young Singaporeans still afford HDB flats?
A: Young Singaporean families are offered several kinds of help to buy their first HDB flat.
Hard Truth: Young Singaporeans are shackled with a 20- to 30-year mortgage that depletes the CPF account meant for retirement funds.
Q; Are foreigners here driving up prices?
A: Permanent residents can only buy resale flats and do not receive any housing subsidies.
Hard Truth: Maybe the question should be rephrased: Are foreigner here driving up prices of resale flats? Subsidy for Singaporeans is not subsidy as internationally defined - A payment from government to individuals or businesses without any expectations of profit. The best way of thinking about a subsidy is as a negative tax.
Q: Is healthcare given low priority by the government in Singapore, since the country spends so much less on it than some other developed countries?
A: While the government may spend less on healthcare than other developed countries, it takes better care of citizens in many instances.
Hard Truth: That must be the instance of how Health Minister paid $8 out-of-pocket cash for a bypass operation. Read the real truth from a practicing medical professional.
Q: With Singapore's population ageing, will there be enough healthcare facilities and nursing homes to cope with the rising demand?
A: The new Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, completed last year, has 500 beds.
Hard Truth: The Khoo Teck Puat Hospital is the only new hospital that has been built for a long, long, time. Total number of beds have remained stagnant for umpteen years.