Tag Archives: Hri Kumar Nair

PAP MP: WE SHOULD TAX FOREIGNERS FOR NOT SERVING NATIONAL SERVICE

An annual national defence tax should be levied on permanent residents and foreigners. This will sharpen the distinction between Singaporeans and non-citizens, says Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Member of Parliament MP Hri Kumar Nair. He called the tax "national defence duty" and suggested it be in the form of additional income and property tax.

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HRI KUMAR NAIR: SINGAPOREANS ARE FORGETFUL

To sustain the momentum, the Government created jobs and grew the economy. Foreign firms came, along with foreigners who filled positions that Singaporeans could not. "There was a huge credit side which no one wants to talk about," said Mr Nair. But since Singaporeans did not feel the harshest effects of the recession and hence "no sense of loss and redemption", the credit just felt like business as usual, he said. The debit, however, could be felt in pressure points such as infrastructure strains and transport.

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PAP IS GOING TO WOO THE LGBT CROWD FOR COMING ELECTIONS?

"Non-bread-and-butter issues will feature more prominently, going forward," the Bishan-Toa Payoh MP said. "Particularly for the young, for whom these things such as freedom of speech and LGBT rights, are important. They'll want to know what their MPs are doing (about them)." "Same-sex marriage issues are vote-changers in other countries," Mr Nair said, citing the United States, where decisions on gay rights have been made recently. "It's going to happen to us - we are not immune," he added.

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WOFFLES WU NOT SPARED BECAUSE HE IS RICH

Speaking to reporters while visiting Yishun yesterday evening, The Sunday Times reported that Mr Shanmugam said that Wu's offences were committed before the Penal Code was tightened in 2008 to make giving the traffic police misleading information a more serious crime. Wu's speeding convictions happened in Sep 2005 and Nov 2006 and he was charged under the Road Traffic Act rather than the Penal Code which provides for stiffer penalties. Mr Shanmugam pointed out that Wu was, therefore, charged according to what was the normal practice prior to 2008 saying "you can't charge a person for an offence if the section was not in existence at that time".

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