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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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S&CC TO INCREASE AGAIN? WHY GOVT NEVER SAY ANYTHING?

14% S & C C increase is about $100m? The lift replacement fund, meanwhile, is expected to cost the Government more than S$50 million in the coming year” – does it mean that the minimum of 14 per cent of the S & C C that town councils will now be required to set aside in the sinking fund for lifts is about $100 million ($50 million x 2)? If so, then we can try to estimate the total that all the town councils collect in a year – $714 million ($100 million divided by 0.14). About $9 increase? So, with about 900,000 HDB households – does it mean that the expected average increase in S & C C per household due to this new lift fund is about $111 a year ($100 million divided by 900,000) or $9 a month? As I understand that the average monthly S & C C is about $50 – does it mean that it may translate into an average increase of a whopping about 18 per cent ($9 divided by $50)?

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GAS PRICE GOING UP BUT SALARY WILL ALWAYS REMAIN CONSTANT

Festivities and celebrations not yet over, City Gas have announced that the price of gas is going up, by almost 4.5% for every kilowatt. This increase is for the period from 1 Feb to 30 April, and the increase is due to the increase in oil prices. Not so long ago, Singaporeans were told that most salary will remain the same, and not to expect any major increase. But other things around us will increase. Things will just get more and more expensive now.

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DENGUE CASES EXPECTED TO RISE THIS YEAR, NO SOLUTION FROM NEA

NEA has just announced that they expect the dengue cases in Singapore to increase in the months ahead. Apparently all the efforts made to stem the tide of dengue since last year will not be bale to stop the numbers from increasing. Makes you wonder if the steps taken are adequate enough, or it was just a short-term measure to placate the Singaporean public. It was also reported that the number of dengue cases in Singapore last year was 13,115, which was way lower than the projected 30,000 cases. Was this a case of the short-term measure taken being super effective, or the projected number was grossly over-estimated, so it will paint a better picture when actual numbers released.

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MORE COE OFFERED IN FEB – APRIL, MORE JAMS HEADING YOUR WAY

How come today's news say that the there will be more COEs to be offered in the February to April period, an almost 8.9% increase? I thought the reason the government have the COE ruling is to manage the number of cars in the road? Means now the government think that the cars on the road are better able to make use of "empty" spaces in our roads? Wah, that means what, more COE, means COE might be cheaper during this period? Also means, after April, the roads and expressways will always continually have jams?

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LOW INCOME SINGLE MUM DEPRESSED AFTER HDB RENT HIKE, HOPES PM LEE WILL SAVE HER

Yesterday (27/06/2016), I received a telephone call from the HDB Branch Office and I almost had a heart attack when the HDB Officer told me that with effect 1st August 2016 my monthly HDB rental will be increased to $ 322/- which is 200% more increase. Ever since then I became very depressed and couldn't eat or sleep worrying how to make ends meet as I am no longer young and healthy to do overtime everyday.

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