SINGAPORE: Singaporeans MediaCorp spoke with had mixed reactions to some of the measures introduced in the Budget.
While many looked forward to more direct assistance such as extra GST voucher and Medisave top—ups to help them cope with rising cost of living, some also welcomed news of the foreign domestic worker levy being lowered from S$170 to S$120 for those with dependents.
Chelvi Sinappan, an administrator, said: "Everybody will be very happy, especially those who are having old parents... school—going children. It will be very helpful. It is good news actually."
Account specialist Koreen Seng described the measures as one—off and that it will not help Singaporeans in the long run.
Many also welcomed the government’s move to raise wages for those earning S$4,000 and below by partially co—funding wage increases by employers.
"Raising wages, yes, probably it will help. But is it corresponding to the inflation rate? If it is not commensurate, then you still can’t afford the same basket of goods," said Nora Aziz, a financial analyst.
For young couple Peter and Shirley Cheng, the Wage Credit Scheme comes in timely.
Mr Cheng said: The (income) gap is becoming bigger and bigger. It’s the right time for the government to come in to help the poor people."
"It is a good calculated move, but the results, we won’t know until it’s tested," said Mrs Cheng.
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I support having higher tax on bigger vehicle but imposing stricter criteria on loans & payment for car purchase actually affects most people. Why don't we consider imposing higher tax on individuals buying 2nd or 3rd car ? Ideally, each person should be given a chance to own ONE car. For those who wants to own more than one car, it is only fair they should pay extra premium.
In the first place there should not be any levy at all for Foreign Domestic Workers(FDW) looking after the young, elderly and disabled.
Having a levy imposed on these category of FDW is as good as penalising the employer for having a child, an elderly or disabled person at home.
So a levy cut from $170 to $120 is a penalty reduced not a rebate.
Good - my Foot. The ball Is in the bussiness men "s court.It is Suggested that the POOR r caused by the Bussinesmen"s STRingeness.
Will It Closed The Rich n Poor Gap, Will it Make PPl. Procreates. I think Right things Tto Do is First- Bring All Costs Down, without this All will come To Square 1. Whats The use OF 40% From Govt. 4 Increment, When We Know That Boses will not Increased our Pay By A few Hundreds. 40% of Peanuts Is Still Peanuts.Get What I mean.
By the Way- Compasions Is LOve n Sincere Concern COncern 4 ppl. EXp. YOUR SLave- Brothers- Nothing Much To Do Abt. Dishing out A few MILLIONS.Dont FOOLEd us. WE r NOT STUPIDS.
My concern will be that will I be richer as compared to last year without changing my lifestyle ?
Should inflation continue to rise and not stabilize, not only myself, think most of Singaporeans will be much poorer this year !