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PAP TRYING TO TURN WATER INTO LUXURY ITEM FOR THE RICH?

Water price hike is normal but to increase 30% is abnormal. Normal will be 1%-5% for necessities like water. Water must never be a luxury. Ask any business manager or accountant, 30% increase can be only due to incompetency, greed, power, bad accounting and bad management.

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GOVT: PUBLIC CARPARK RATES TO INCREASE BY 20% FROM DEC 2016

The HDB and URA announced on Tuesday (30 June 2016) that parking rates at public carparks will rise starting from December. For public car parks outside the restricted zones, charges will be raised by 10 cents from 50 cents to 60 cents per 30 minutes of parking. Season parking rates will be increased by $15 for open car parks and $20 for sheltered parking.

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TEENAGE BOYS AND GIRL RESCUED AFTER GETTING LOST IN NATURE RESERVE

A group of local teenagers - 3 boys aged 14, 18 and 20, and a girl aged 16 - were rescued from MacRitchie Reservoir on Sunday evening after they got lost in the sprawling nature reserve. The group had planned on a leisurely hike in the nature reserve on Sunday but somehow got lost while trekking through the thick vegetation.

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NO INCREASE IN BUS FARE TO M'SIA DESPITE TOLL HIKES

Commuters using public buses and tour coaches to travel to Malaysia can breathe easy despite the recent announcements on the Causeway toll hikes, at least for now. The three public bus services that go to Johor Baru are classified as basic services, for which fares can be revised only at the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) annual round of fare reviews. Similarly, private bus operators say they have no plans to raise ticket prices at the moment. Grassland Express and Tours’ general manager Tan Boon Huat and his counterpart at CitiExchange Express said their companies would absorb the hike.

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JOSEPHINE TEO: S'PORE WILL MATCH MALAYSIA'S TOLL FEE

Singapore will ensure that its toll charges match Malaysia’s, as part of a “long-standing” matching policy which “reflects the shared nature of the two crossings, and ensures a fair distribution of total revenues from the crossings,” said Senior Minister of State (Finance and Transport) Josephine Teo in Parliament today (Sept 9). Since August, the Malaysian government had increased toll charges for all vehicles, except motorcycles, travelling from Singapore to Johor through the Causeway, and introduced a new Causeway toll for all vehicles travelling from Johor to Singapore. Those travelling from Johor to Singapore previously paid no tolls.

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For some, hikes may exact a significant toll

For Singaporean Fahmi Rais, 46, who lives in Johor and commutes across the border daily, the toll increases will dent his disposable income. Mr Fahmi, who owns a cafe in Johor, said that as travelling between Singapore and Malaysia - whether for work or eduction - has become a "bread and butter" necessity, people will just have to swallow the increase.

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