GST increase, corporate tax cuts, Carbon tax, stamp duty tax and exorbitant spending were all overwhelmingly supported by all 89 PAP MPs. All 8 MPs from the opposition Workers’ Party voted no.
Over 50 PAP MPs were missing on the first day of the two-day Budget debate, many seeing there is no need to attend Parliament including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The Budget however was nonetheless “entertaining”, with PAP MPs making atrocious claims like calling for Singaporeans to donate government handouts to charity. PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan took the lead clown award after he was noticeably embarrassed when he forgot about the leasehold conditions of land sales.
PAP NMP Chia Yong Yong take the second spot calling for school hours to be “full-day” curriculum, only to be slammed by Singaporeans for worsening the pressure cooker education system.
The 2018 Budget focused on increasing taxes including a S$13.30 airport tax, and the government going into debt to fund Terminal 5. There is however no budget projection for Terminal 5, but the Transport Ministry stated that S$9 billion taxes and S$3.6 billion funding from state-owned corporation Changi Airport Group are still insufficient.
Singapore also continued to lose more freedom, with a new law allowing male police officers to strip search females suspected of terrorism.