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PM Lee Says Singapore Needs New People: Is He Hinting At Increase Birth Rates, Or More PRs?

PM Lee Says Singapore Needs New People: Is He Hinting At Increase Birth Rates, Or More PRs?

Having children? It will just add to financial strain already felt by many Singaporeans. So is this just an excuse for PM Lee and his government, to say that since Singaporeans cannot replace themselves, then they have no more choice but to keep increasing the number of new citizens and replace ourselves? What has our Singapore become?

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Bus And Train Fares Set For Highest Increase In Years

Bus And Train Fares Set For Highest Increase In Years

If this mooted fare increase gets approved, it will be the highest fare increase for years. If this happens, fares could go up by $0.10, the maximum increase that can be allowed under the current fare formula, a measure implemented from 2018 to the year 2022. While some might say that $0.10 is a small price to pay, if taken into account each trip a person makes he needs to cough up $0.10 extra, someone might face up to $15 total of increased fares per month.

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Chan Chun Sing: Govt Realises Businesses Will Face CPF Increase Pressure

Chan Chun Sing: Govt Realises Businesses Will Face CPF Increase Pressure

Trade and Industry Minister and one of the future leaders of the 4G government, Chan Chun Sing, says that the government realises the cost pressure the government themselves are putting on businesses, with the planned increases in the ages for re-employment and retirement, as well as Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for older workers.

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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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