On December 5, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) announced the reduction of property tax for HDB flats in 2015. Three days later, there was an article “Property Tax cut for one in four private home owners” in The Straits Times. A week after their announcement, a representative from IRAS further elaborated how annual values are calculated in The Straits Times Forum (“Annual values of homes reflect market rents“; Dec 15).
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Singaporeans open wallets and hearts to charity: Really? After I wrote the article “Share-a-Gift%94-Beneficiaries-or-gifts-drop-from-460-000-to-35-000” (Dec 19) (the last sentence of my article was “Is it because Singaporeans have become less “generous”?”) - I was not surprised to read in the Straits Times news report “Singaporeans open wallets and their hearts to charity” (Dec 20) that “the number of people donating and volunteering fell.
When crude oil price increases, public transport fare increases just as fast, when crude oil price falls, public transport fare also increases irrespective. When crude oil price plunged by 50% in the past six months, MOT and PTC had the audacity to champion a 2.8% public transport fare increase next year and we are only two weeks away from next year.
The 12 things I am thankful for in Singapore: 1.Thankful for the problems in housing, CPF, wage stagnation, unemployment and under employment, overcrowding, high living costs, healthcare and transportation because we now can appreciate we have nothing further to lose by voting wisely. 2.Thankful for the selective reporting of the MSM because we now appreciate the accessibility, openness and integrity of the Net.
I came across Dr Lam Pin Min’s Facebook page and was amazed to see that he recently embarked on a “holiday retreat” to Taiwan with his grassroots people. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he’s the MP for Sengkang West and the Minister for State for Health. You can see that he and his grassroots leaders are truly enjoying themselves in Taiwan.
What’s your first reaction when you hear that the CPF Minimum Sum has gone up again? It’s probably similar to when I see a giant cicak run across my floor. I unleash the high-pitched scream of a gila person and then I run for my weapon of choice – the handy broom. All this excess drama allows me to maintain the illusion that I have dispelled that demon lizard. Then, when I least expect it, it shows up again.
I AM concerned about short-term rentals being allowed without any proper regulations and licensing ("URA to seek feedback on short-term home rentals"; Wednesday). I have encountered many irresponsible short-term tenants who made much noise at my condominium's barbecue and swimming pool area even after 10pm, smoked by the poolside and broke common property like furniture.