I refer to the report, “New fare discounts for low-wage workers, those with disabilities” (Jan 17). Singaporeans have, over the years, asked the Government to give concessions to the less fortunate, and I commend it for taking the plunge.
I hope there are other big-ticket items in this year’s Budget, though Singaporeans should not assume that the country is on the slippery slope to becoming a welfare state.
Ultimately, it is about how far the ruling party is prepared to embrace the democratic socialist ideals on which it was founded. And I hope that 2014 will pave the way for Budgets 2015 and 2016 too.
Tan Kok Tim