The indefensible water price increase has seen minister after minister, including PM Lee, arguing illogically (hilarious Indranee) and attempting to “limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion” (disgusting Kee Chiu Chan) on the ‘debate’.
After cooking up ridiculous justifications, PAP is quietly hoping the issue would fade away. But how could it when businesses and consumers will eventually be hit by an unexpected bullet which cannot be bitten?
Despite triple taxation levied on water consumption, MEWR Minister Masagos has continued to insist water has not been priced fully.
Masagos and other ministers have also offered these reasons for the price increase:
– “Consumers must feel the full price of water every time he or she turns on the tap, right from the first drop”
– “Water is a strategic issue”
– “It is a national security issue”
Is PAP acknowledging all its past campaigns to save water have failed?
But why hit low-end users when the water tax hike is supposedly directed at water wasters? Why not just increase taxes on water consumed above x cubic metre per household which is deemed wasteful?
Why should low-end users pay additional taxes for consuming water for their daily needs? By hitting low end users with the water tax hike, ordinary households are effectively subsidising wealthy households.
Well, if it’s really a national security issue or strategic issue, why allow swimming pools in private houses and condominiums? Should Singaporeans indulge in a luxury at the expense of our national security?
Why hasn’t BCA stepped in and limit the size of private swimming pools?
In January this year, Singaporeans were informed by Minister Vivian Balakrishnan that there was a “significant risk’ that “Linggiu Reservoir may dry out this year”. link
Some clownish minister in the PMO has now attempted to instill fear and has framed this as an “existential issue” since 1965. Problem is, has Chan even spoken up on this issue since 1965? And when our main source of water supply dipped to dangerously-low levels, why the total silence?
Has water become an existential issue only because PAP wants to profit from consumers by raising prices?
(Chan had actually disagreed with SMOS Indranee when he said the water price increase “will feed through the cost of living”.)
A minister should learn to think before opening his mouth or he will be seen as someone merely talking cock.
The fact is, PAP is constructing water infrastructures to cater to an increase of more than 1.2 million, consisting of more than 700,000 foreigners, by 2030.
In a properly functioning democracy, the issue is debated in Parliament BEFORE a decision is reached, not AFTER.
As taxpayers, consumers have already contributed to infrastructure construction costs. It doesn’t make sense to subject the additional taxes we have paid for water consumption to a drastic hike.
The government should come clean on its mistake and discontinue wasting public resources on defending it. The sensible thing to do is delay and review the increase in water prices. And please stop all the B S from our million-dollar ministers because it really makes them look like asses.