Singapore’s state media newspaper Straits Times today published a fake survey claiming that Singaporeans are willing to pay 20% more for town council charges, S&CC. According to Straits Times, 80% of the 1,000 online surveyed wanted to pay more:
“Around eight in 10 Singaporeans are willing to pay more for essential services such as cleaning or security if the extra amount goes to the workers themselves. They would pay up to 10 per cent or 20 per cent more for such services. This could include service and conservancy charges (S&CC) for Housing Board flat dwellers or maintenance fees for private property owners. S&CC typically range from $20 to $90 a month for Singaporeans, so a 20 per cent hike could work out to as much as $18 more a month.”
The fake survey commissioned by the government media is a pre-empt move to a price hike to be implemented by PAP town councils.
Straits Times also claimed that Singaporeans are happy to pay more quoting an invidividual:
“At the individual level, Singaporeans such as Ms Juliana Chia, 47, said they are happy to pay more.”
Each year PAP town councils report millions in surplus, despite estates like Ang Mo Kio and Yishun being in derelict conditions. Ang Mo Kio GRC town council reported more than S$10 million in surplus for 2017 and 2018.