During the Parliamentary Budget debate, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced various schemes and monetary handouts to Singaporeans to overcome the Covid19 pandemic. One of these cash payouts would be the Cash and Support Package which would be paid out on 18 June 2020. Eligible Singaporeans can expect to receive $300 to $600.
Yesterday Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) member Fadly Azad wrote on his Facebook about Budget 2020. While Singaporeans should be thankful for the cash payouts, he reminded Singaporeans that the money handed out by the government actually came from taxpayers. The government is only able to give us these goodies because these money were initially obtained from our family members through taxation.
The government is only able to propose numerous Budgets to fight Covid19 because of our reserves which have been built up for decades. However remember that one way which the government gets this money is by taxing us, and “whatever they give you now they will take it back sooner or later”. Fadly Azad foresees us paying more for conservancy charges, road tax and parking charges. He adds that GST increase is only put on hold temporarily.
With the General Elections looming closer, Fadly Azad calls for Singaporeans to vote wisely. We can either choose to vote in a government who cares more about money and treats its people as digits, or vote in a government that is more concerned about our welfare and well being.