DPM Heng Swee Keat have been widely quoted in the media about his statement that the Singapore Government, specifically the PAP, has shown integrity to Singaporeans by telling people in advance that there will be a GST hike from 7% to 9%. But is he really trying to blindside Singaporeans?
Back in the General Elections campaign trail in 2015, PM Lee himself was quoted as saying that WP’s assertion that the government will raise GST were rubbish, and that GST would only be raised if the government failed to plan properly, and recklessly engage in profligate spending. Then again in Parliament, Ministers were quick to demand WP MP, Ms Sylvia Lim an apology for having the temerity to suggest the government was floating test balloons to Singaporeans about raising the GST.
The fact that GST is going to be raised sooner or later now does not even surprise Singaporeans anymore. So, is integrity really about telling Singaporeans in advance about the expected hike, or actually apologising to Singaporeans that all those noise about GST not being raised were in the end not true? Shouldn’t DPM Heng, who is also the Finance Minister, show more integrity to Singaporeans by saying that the government could not fulfill its promise of just four years before, and thus apologise for this breaking of promise? That is integrity.