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IN A TREND NO ONE WANTS, MARRIAGE FEES ARE THE NEXT TO GO UP

The next on the list of price increases is now the Marriage Registration fees. Starting this Saturday, the ROM will increase the fees by almost double for locals, and three times for foreigners. Couples where at least one party is a Singapore citizen or a permanent resident (PR) will have to pay $42 for registration, compared with the $26 they pay now. Foreigners who now pay $128 on weekdays, $198 on weekends and $298 on popular days will pay a flat $380 from July 1.

ROM indicated that the increase in price is to keep up with rising operational costs, and to ensure that service quality is maintained, maintaining that the last fee increase was back in 2005. ROM also said the different fees charged between locals and foreigners are mainly for ROM is to ensure that marriage fees remain affordable for Singapore citizens and PRs. Couples who want to get married will now have no choice but to pay the higher fees. Government are encouraging more couples to have babies, but they increased the price for couples to get married.

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SBS TRANSIT POSTS RISE IN EARNINGS, CONSUMERS STILL FACE TRANSPORT HIKES

All the figures cited for the first three months for SBS Transit showed a healthy increase. While the company had said that operating costs will be higher with salary adjustments and increase headcount ahead of the opening of the Downtown Line 3, as well as repair and maintenance cost, this does not dilute the fact that in the first three months alone, their revenue has grown.

When times are bad, consumers are saddled with price increases to help pay for costs. Now, it seems like times are good. How come no price decrease for public transport, yet we hear of more price increase?

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MORE YOUTHS TAKING DRUGS, BEGINNING OF A WORRYING TREND?

This is very worrying indeed. Our young generation, the future of our nation, are taking drugs, and they think it's alright and cool. Thus far, more than 350 students have been caught for drug abuse over the past three years, while 70 professionals and managers were arrested for such offences last year. While the numbers seem relatively small, what is worrying is that this is becoming a trend, and the numbers have actually been increasing year by year.

Why is that so? Nowadays, information is so readily available, especially to the young generation, for them to know about the dangers of drug abuse. Or is it because of the ease of information available to them, it is easier for them to get these drugs?

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TAXI COMPANIES TO START CHARGING FARES BY DEMAND, EXCUSE FOR FARE TO GO UP!

Not sure if this is a good idea. While some might say it is only fair that customers pay for something based on demand, thus if you want a cab badly during peak hours, you pay more for it. But what if the taxi companies take advantage of this, and declare prices to be relatively high due to demand? Will this mean that cab fares are permanently on the way up? Everything goes up! Is Singapore really aiming to be the most expensive city in the world?

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MOTORBIKE COE PRICE UP 28 FOLDS SINCE 2005, DID OUR RIDERS SALARY INCREASE TOO?

On 1 Feb 2005, it cost only $224 for a motorcycle COE. On 5 Feb 2017, the price had increased to $6412 or about 28 times. Did the salary of delivery drivers increase by even 2.8 times? The last time a motorcycle COE cost below $2000 was in January 2014. Within 15 months, it had increased by $4000 to above $6000. It appears a motorcycle COE may cost more than $10000 soon.

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PAP GOVT RAISES WATER PRICES BY 30% DESPITE ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced during his Budet 2017 speech that beginning on 1st July 2017, water prices in Singapore will be increased by 30% in two parts over the next 2 years. This was after Water Minister Masagos Zulkifli hinted at the Government's intention to do so last month. Heng justified the 30% price increase by citing the rising costs of supplying water, producing water and installing associated infrastructure. The Singapore Finance Minister said as water sufficiency was a matter of national survival, rising the cost to make such investments into our water infrastructure was necessary.

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2 MORE ERP GANTRY ACTIVATED, AND 2 MORE HAVE INCREASED RATE. PAY AND PAY!

The rate for both gantries will be $2 between 5.30pm and 7pm, and $1 from 7pm to 7.30pm. Meanwhile, ERP rates at two gantries along the north-bound Central Expressway (CTE) will also be increased during evening peak hours from Feb 20. Both gantries are located after the PIE exit. Of course, reason given by the LTA is that the expressway at the those directions has slowed down tremendously, so need to put up ERP to discourage drivers from using the expressway at the peak period timing.

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