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The relentless rising cost of living in Singapore

Posted by theonlinecitizen on August 27, 2007

The following is a collated list of price increases which TOC could find – from various news reports, blogs, websites, forums, etc – since Jan 2006 to the present.

If we have left out any, please do let us know. If you have observed any price hikes around your neighbourhood (or anywhere else) please let us know also.

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The list may not be comprehensive and any clarification is welcome.

2006

Jan 9: Pump prices at all 29 Caltex stations will go up from 11pm on Monday night. Prices will go up by four cents per litre for all three grades. (link)

Feb 13: Polytechnics and ITE increase fees by $50 and $10 respectively (link) (link)

Feb 14: NTU, NUS to raise tuition fees by 3% from next academic year. Tuition fees at both the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University will go up by S$180 for the next academic year. This 3 percent increase comes on the heels of a 5 percent hike just last year. (link)

Mar 6: Expect annual tuition fee increases. Hostel fees will also go up by 10% to 11% from next academic year. (NTU) (link)

Mar 9: Retail pump prices for Synergy petrol and diesel at all Esso and Mobil service stations in Singapore were increased by 6 cents a litre. (link) (link)

June 1: NTUC Car Co-Op raises fuel surcharge: We cannot continue subsidizing the fuel price increase in the long run without compromising the quality of service. Thus, the management has decided to implement a fuel surcharge of $0.30 for every 10km free with effect from 1 June 2006. (link)

June 27: Electricity tariff to go up next quarter. Domestic users, for example, will have to pay 21.15 cents for every kWH of electricity, up from 20.49 cents currently. (link)

July 10: Comfort Delgro raises taxi fares. Besides raising the flag down fare and the peak hour surcharge from $1 to $2, ComfortDelgro is also making distance-related adjustment. (link) (link)

July: Taxi companies raise fares. (link) (link)

July 17: SMRT hikes taxi fares. (link)

Aug: SMRT, SBS apply for fare hike. (link)

Aug: NUS hikes tuition fees by between $180, $220, and $510, depending on faculty. (link)

Aug: ERP rates to go up at six gantries, mainly at CTE. (link)

Oct: Public Transport Council approves 1.7% fare increase for bus and trains. Adult EZ-link fares for buses and trains will increase by 1 to 3 cents, which amounts to an overall fare hike of 1.7 percent. (link)

Nov: SingPost revises postage rate. (link)

Nov 12: Rates for HDB rental flats pegged to income. (link)

Dec: Govt spells out fees to be frozen. (link)

2006: Loan sharks cases rise by 19%, to 10, 221 cases. (link)

2006: A total of 419 people committed suicide in 2006, up from 346 in 2003. The suicide rate per 100,000 residents – a sobering indicator in population statistics – is also on the upswing, growing from 9.3 in 2003 to 10.3 in 2006, figures from the Registry of Births and Deaths reveal. It is the fourth straight rise in as many years. (ST, Aug 13, 2007) (link)

2006: Islandwide, home rentals climbed 10 per cent in 2006. (ST, Aug 6, 2007) (link)

2006: At Alexandra Hospital, A&E charges went up from $55 to $60, as did C-class ward charges — from $21 to $23 — and subsidised specialist outpatient clinic consultation rates, from $18 to $20. (link)


2007

Jan: All diesel-driven vehicles to undergo smoke test. (link)

Jan: NUH’s A&E fee raised from $70 to $80. (link)

Jan: Skilled Foreign workers levy raised by $50, from $100 to $150, for all sectors. (link) (link)

Jan 26: SMU Law Course to cost more, NUS says it may increase fees too. (link)

Feb: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital hikes ward treatment fees. (link)

Feb 14: Tax penalties from GST audits could increase. With the hike in Goods and Services Tax (GST) by two percentage points, tax analysts said tax penalties arising from businesses making mistakes in GST audits may also increase. (link)

Feb 25: Sunny Cove: Fees to Pulau Hantu Raised – As of 24th February 2007 (Saturday), the operator had increased the price for the chartering of boat to local water. With the price hike, all courses conducted at local water will be subjected to the increase from 25th February 2007 (Sunday) onwards. (link)

Feb 25: Eldershield premiums to go up by year’s end. (link)

April 1: Singapore Medical Association withdraws guidelines on fees. Doctors now have more flexibility to adjust their fees, following a decision by the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) to withdraw its guidelines on fees, as of 1 April. (link)

April 1: URA increase fees for Housing Developers’s Licence – from between $500 to $8,000. (link)

April 2: NUS revise car park charges. (link)

April 8: Means testing for hospital admission to start within a year. Subsidised patients that stay more than five days in a public hospital can expect some questions about their income. (link) (link)

April 11: Ikea to start charging customers for plastic bags. (ST, 11 April, 2007)

April 25: The Singapore American School increased tuition fees by between $425 and $1,000. (link)

April: Within hours of each other, the four petrol companies in Singapore – First Shell, then Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC), ExxonMobil and lastly Chevron – each revised its prices. The retail price of petrol and diesel rose by 10 cents. (Electric New Paper) (link) (link)

May 12: Inflation heads for a higher plane. For now, the major public concern is a rise in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 5% to 7% in July, which is likely to exacerbate the series of worrying price increases over the past year. (Littlespeck)

May 14: NUH increase ward charges for B2 and C-class wards by $2, increases of 4 and 8 per cent. (link)

May 23: DBS raises its e-transaction fee for initial public offering (IPO) applications. Retail investors who applied for IPO shares launched on or after that date, through the local bank’s ATMs and Internet banking, were surprised that they now have to pay $2. (link)

May 29: New fee hikes at public hospitals and polyclinics. A NEW round of fee hikes is underway at most public hospitals and some polyclinics. Subsidised patients at four public hospitals will now pay $24 or $25 for every visit to a specialist clinic, up from about $21. All 18 polyclinics, which used to charge a standard consultation fee of $8 for adults, now charge anything from $8-$8.80. (link) (link) (link)

May: From milk to Milo, cooking oil to coffee, canned foods, processed foods, wheat products and more, prices have been rising recently at supermarkets and hypermarts here. (link) (link) (link)

June 1: Prices of milk go up. The price increase for condensed milk ranged from $0.10 to $0.50, which means the prices for some brands of condensed milk have gone up by nearly 45 per cent. The price increase for evaporated milk ranged from $0.15 to $0.47, marking a percentage increase of between 18 per cent to 48 per cent. (link) (link)

June 4: Online hosiery shop increases price. There will be a overall price increase on 4th June 2007 for all brands due to increased cost of yarns and cost of shipping. (link)

June 6: Even before the Nets fee hike kicks in, a shoe shop in Parkway Parade has already started charging customers extra to cover the increase. (link)

June 7: Wholesale price of ducks goes up. The wholesale price of ducks has increased by 20 cents a kilogram. (link)

June 7: Eggs price increase. Eggs now cost between 17 cents and 18 cents each. (link)

June 29: Rental space rents rise. Islandwide, rents at Grade A malls have moved up by between 5-7 per cent in the first half of this year and could increase by another 5-6 per cent by end-2007, analysts said. (Business Times, June 29, 2007) (link)

June 29: Fees up by 14% on average at NUS. Two days before the higher 7-per-cent GST kicked in on July 1, prospective students of the continuing education arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS) received news that fees for many courses had gone up — by an average 14 per cent. (link)

July 1st: GST increased from 5% to 7%. (link) (link)

July 1st: THE Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) and market leader ExxonMobil became the first companies to raise pump prices at their petrol stations following the GST hike. The two companies increased prices across the board for their three grades of petrol and diesel by 0.23 cents to 0.33 cents per litre from 7am. Caltex will be increasing its pump prices on Monday. (ST, July 1, 2007) (link) (link)

July 1st: NETS announced a price hike for its Electronic Funds Transfer Point-of-Sale (EFTPOS) and CashCard Services to between 1.5% and 1.8%. (link) (link)

July 1st: Pasir Ris – Punggol Town Council revise penalties for late payment of S&C charges to 2% and absorb 7% GST. (2004 rates) (2007 rates)

July 1st: Cigarette prices up as bar ban kicks in. Tobacco companies raised the prices of popular brands by an average of 40 cents. This brought the price of a 20-stick pack of Marlboro or Dunhill cigarettes, for example, to $11.60. (AsiaOne)

July 3: Resale price index for HDB flats rise 2.9% from 3 months before. (link)

July 4: The Committee Against GST Profiteering (CAP) has found price changes to be generally moderate since the announcement of the GST increase in November 2006. (link)

July 10: Changi General Hospital increases A&E charges. Following in the wake of earlier hikes by the National University Hospital and Alexandra Hospital, CGH this month increased its A&E attendance fee by $10 — or 15 per cent — to $75. For the B2 and C-class wards, the daily treatment fee went up by $1, representing a 6-to-10-per-cent increment. The daily ward charge for B2 wards also rose by $1, or 2 per cent. (link)

July 11: Starhub raise prices for cable tv packages. SCV subscribers pay $4 more across the board. (link) (link) (link)

July 11: The Committee Against GST Profiteering has received 33 complaints in the past six months about price increases, all dealing with food items. About 10 cases involve chain businesses. (ST, July 11, 2007) (link)

July 15: Electricity tariffs to be raised by almost 9% for July to September. (link)

July 18: Govt raises development charge from 50% to 70% for new building projects from 50 per cent to 70 per cent of the increase in value of the land. (link) (link)

July 21: HDB rents at 10-year high. For the first time in recent memory, monthly rents for some HDB flats have pushed northwards of $2,000 in leases signed in the last couple of months. (ST, 21 July 2007) (link)

July 25: Hospital bills up 10% to 30% across all ward classes. (link)

July: July inflation hits 2.6%, highest in over 12 years. (link)

July (CPI): Housing costs increased 4.9 per cent because of higher housing maintenance charges, electricity tariffs and rented accommodation costs. (ST, Aug 23, 2007) (link)

July (CPI): Food prices went up by 1.4 per cent, mainly due to dearer cooked food, fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and milk powder. (link)

July (CPI): Transport and communication prices moved up by 1 per cent, reflecting mainly dearer petrol and higher car prices. (link)

July (CPI): The index for education and stationery rose by 2.1 per cent as a result of higher fees at commercial institutions and universities. (link)

July (CPI): Prices of clothing and footwear increased by 3.9 per cent. (link)

July (CPI): Health care cost rose by 2.2 per cent on account of dearer chinese herbs and higher charges for general medical consultation and dental treatment. (link)

Aug 2: SBS, SMRT seeking bus, train fare increases. If approved, transport fares could rise by up to three cents from October. (link)

Aug 2: Singapore Airlines raises fuel surcharge – from between US$2, US$5 and US$9. (link)

Aug 6: ERP rates at Orchard, YMCA and Fort Canning Tunnel to go up. From August 6, cars passing the Orchard, YMCA and Fort Canning Tunnel gantries will be charged an additional $0.50. That makes it $1 per entry. Rates for motorcycles will also double to $0.50. Goods vehicles and small buses will now be charged $1.50. Heavy goods vehicles and big buses will be charged $2. (link)

Aug 7: Student made to pay adult fare. (link)

Aug 7: Cost of living in S’pore getting higher compared to neighbours. Singapore retains its 9th position out of 41 Asian locations as the most costly city. (CNA)

Aug 7: Car insurance premiums likely to increase. Higher premium rates for car insurance look almost certain, after the motor sector suffered a second consecutive quarter of losses. Rises could be between 5 and 10 per cent, according to one insurer, as the industry battles higher claims. (AsiaOne, ST, Aug 7, 2007)

Aug 8: 17% hike in Delifrance’s tuna croissant sandwich, from $5.05 to $5.90. (link)

Aug 10: Change of supplier sees spike in price of medicine. A 80ml bottle of Minoxi 5 from Trima Pharmaceutical used to cost $38.50. This time round, the price was $45.50 for a 60ml bottle. Going by volume, the price increase was a hefty 57.6 per cent. (ST Forum, Aug 10, 2007) (link)

Aug 13: Up to 30% levy imposed on hotel room revenues during F1 race. The Trade and Industry Ministry (MTI) has decided a levy of 30 per cent for hotels on the trackside, and 20 per cent for others. (link)

Aug 23: More ERP gantries, extended hours. (link) (link)

Aug 24: By Aug 24, the Committee Against GST Profiteering had received 115 complaints on alleged GST profiteering. In the first two weeks of July, after the GST increase came into effect, 49 complaints were received, surpassing the 30 complaints received in May. (ST, Aug 29, 2007)

Aug 27: Singapore raises 2007 inflation forecast to 1-2 per cent. Singapore‘s central bank confirmed an apparent off-the-cuff remark by Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang in parliament that inflation would come in at 1-2 percent this year, above the government’s previous forecast of 0.5-1.5 percent. (Reuters)

Aug 29: Middle-aged suicide rate up. In 2003, there were 14 suicides (of men in their 40s and 50s) per 100,000. In 2006, it went up to 19 per 100,000. For women, there were 8 per 100,000. In 2006, it went up to 13 per 100,000. (TODAY, Aug 29, 2007) (link)

Aug 29: Storage boom as rents rise. Companies which provide self-storage facilities are reporting a rise in rentals by foreigners as rising rental prices force more of them to downsize. (The Electric New Paper, Aug 29, 2007) (link)

Aug 31: Government raises property development charges. For non-landed residential use, the charge was raised by an average of 58 percent with prime areas like Cantonment Road seeing the biggest jump of 112 percent. Areas seeing the highest increase (of over 100 percent) include Telok Ayer, Maxwell, Shenton, Anson and South Bridge Road. (CNA)

Sept 1st: New dog licensing rules. To discourage dog owners from keeping unlicensed dogs, allowing their dogs to stray or not muzzling dogs of breeds2 that are required to be muzzled in a public place (eg, the Rottweiller or Mastiff); the maximum fine for such offences has been raised from $500 to $5,000. (link)

Sept 5: Esso won’t go public on fuel price changes. IF YOU are an Esso customer, you will not know if the price of your fuel has changed until you drive right up to a pump. ExxonMobil – the biggest player here with 74 out of the total of about 200 stations – has adopted a new policy against revealing changes in pump prices to the media. Neither does it display prices at station entrances. (Straits Times, Sept 5, 2007)

Sept 11: Adult EZ-link fares for buses upped from October. From 1 October, adult EZ-link fares for buses will increase by between one and two cents. But there will be no increase for train fares. (CNA)

Sept 12: Special needs school raise fees by 100%. I was shocked to receive a letter in July stating that school fees would increase by 100 per cent from this month. No other institution – even private schools – operates in this manner by increasing its fees by 100 per cent. (Letter to ST forum)

Sept 13: Employers to buy medical insurance for foreign workers. From January next year (2008), employers will have to buy and maintain insurance for the medical expenses of all foreign workers on Work Permit or S Pass. (CNA)

Sept 25: Electricity tariffs to go up because of higher oil prices. Barely 2 months after the increase of 9% in July, electricity tariffs will again go up later this year because of higher oil prices. SP Services said electricity tariffs will be raised by an average of 0.86 cent, or 4.29 percent, per kilowatt-hour, for the three months from October to December. (CNA)

Sept 25: Cosmetics costing more? Taking a hit from the Goods and Services Tax hike, prices of consumer products in Singapore grew at a pace not seen since 1994. (TODAY)

Sept 27: Gardenia loaf of bread cost 5% more in three months. “Yesterday we found out that its price has soared to $2. If you work that out against the original $1.90, it means that the total price increased is 5.3 per cent in three months.” (Letter to ST forum page.)

Sept 29: Why higher fees for vacant flat? “MY LATE grandfather, who was the sole owner and occupier of a three-room HDB flat, had been paying $38 a month in conservancy fees to the town council. His estate now has to pay $55 a month (a 45 per cent increase) for the vacant flat, the reason being that the $38 concessionary charge no longer applies as it is now unoccupied.” (Letter to ST Forum Page)(link)

Sept: Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society to increase fees from between $5 to $10 due to the society becoming a GST-registered entity. (link)

Oct: Starhub Cable TV sports channels subscribers pay $10 more. (link)

Oct 1: Public transport fare increase takes effect.

Oct 1: Private home prices in Q3 up by 8%: URA flash estimate. The prices of private residential property in Singapore increased by eight per cent in the third quarter of this year.. (CNA)

Oct 1: HDB resale prices up by 6.5% in Q3: HDB’s flash estimate. Public housing resale prices went up by 6.5 percent in the third quarter of this year, compared to the previous three months. (CNA)

Oct 1: Petrol, diesel price up 3-5 cents. At 10am, Caltex increased its petrol and diesel prices by 3 cents a litre, while Shell upped its rates by 5 cents a litre. By 3pm, Singapore Petroleum Co followed suit by raising its pump rates by 5 cents a litre. The increase is the fifth upward revision since July, as crude oil prices hover at record levels above US$80 a barrel. (AsiaOne)

Oct 1: Hotel room rates expected to go up by 25% in Q4. Hotel room rates in Singapore in the fourth quarter are expected to be 25 per cent higher than that of last year, according to industry players. (CNA)

Oct 3: The price of chickens has risen by 20 to 50 per cent here since last week, caused by the wholesale price hike from Malaysia, among the factors, according to media reports. (Bernama)

Oct 4: Queensway Shopping Centre, Sim Lim Square and sky-high rentals in Singapore. As the leases are expiring about now, get ready for a radical change in Sim Lim Square, the highestrentals for the shops selling the lowest margin products ever. (C Net Asia)

Oct 19: SIA ups fuel surcharge by between $3 and $9. The new charges, which are between $3 and nearly $9 more than the current surcharges, will apply to tickets issued from Oct 24 and to both SIA and SilkAir flights. (TODAY)

Oct 20: Price of flour up 30%. The price of flour has increased again, but this time it has gone up by thirty percent. This is the biggest ever hike, according to industry watchers. From January, it will cost 20 cents more to buy a loaf of bread. (CNA)

Oct 22: Caltex petrol, diesel prices up. AMERICAN oil company Chevron raised pump prices of its Caltex petrol and diesel by five cents a litre on Monday – the sixth increase since July and the second in about a fortnight. The others – Shell, ExxonMobil and Singapore Petroleum – are likely to do likewise in the coming days. Chevron’s move brings its pump prices to record levels. (Straits Times)

Oct 26: Private home prices up 8.3% in Q3. Singapore private home prices rose 8.3 percent between July and September to their highest level in a decade. (Asia One)

Oct 27: Prices of HDB resale flats keep accelerating. ‘As at end-September, the HDB resale price index has increased by about 11 per cent since the start of the year,’ the HDB said. For five-room flats, the median resale price in Queenstown is the highest at $603,000, followed by Marine Parade at $560,000 and Bukit Merah at $530,000. (Straits Times)

Oct 28: Singapore raises noodle prices. Starting Nov. 1, the price of noodles in Singapore will increase 20 percent to 30 per cent, the Singapore Noodles Manufacturers’ Association announced on Sunday. (AHN News)

Oct 30: ERP rates going up again for third time this year. Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates are going up again for the third time this year. There will also be new gantries erected. From November 5, motorists will pay $3.50 from 7:30am to 8:00am. The amount charged goes up to $5.00 between 8:30am and 9:00am. This is a $1.50 increase in the 8:30am to 9:00am period since February this year. (CNA)

Oct 30: 100 bakeries to raise bread prices by up to 20%. OVER 100 bakeries have indicated that they will be raising bread prices by up to 20 per cent, following a jump in flour prices. (Straits Times)

Nov 2: Expect steep hikes in tyre, wheel and battery prices. BESIDES record fuel prices and higher Electronic Road Pricing rates, motorists must prepare to pay more for batteries, tyres and wheels. The Singapore Motor Tyre Dealers Association is preparing to announce sizeable price hikes, with battery prices going up by as much as 50 to 70 per cent. Tyre prices will go up by 20 to 30 per cent, and wheels by 10 to 20 per cent, the association’s assistant secretary, Mr Robert Tng, told The Straits Times. (Straits Times)

Nov 5: A TRIP to the supermarket will cost more now than it did at the beginning of the year. A Straits Times check on a random basket of basic goods sold at supermarkets here revealed price increases in almost every category, from fresh chicken to coffee and milk formula. (Straits Times)

Nov 5: Prices for Singapore Petroleum Company Limited (SPC) motor gasoline across all three grades and diesel will be increased by seven cents per litre. (SPC)

Nov 8: Raffles Place retailers face space crunch, soaring rents. A recent study by property consultant Cushman & Wakefield found rent rises of up to 24 per cent over the past two years in the area. (Straits Times)

Nov 23: Singapore‘s October CPI up 3.6% on-year, 1.3% on-month. Singapore‘s October consumer prices rose 3.6 percent from a year earlier after an increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), government data showed on Friday. (CNA)

Nov 29: Pump prices increase by 5 cents. All four oil companies — Shell, Caltex, ExxonMobil and Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) — have increased pump prices for petrol and diesel by five cents. In the past 11 months, the price of petrol has shot up nine times and twice just in this month alone. (CNA)

Nov 29: Second Link toll charges to go up next year. VEHICLES from Singapore crossing into Johor via the Second Link Expressway will have to pay higher tolls from Jan 1, the Malaysian government announced yesterday. Passenger cars using the Second Link route will have to pay RM10.80 (S$4.60) next year, compared with RM8.40 now. (Asia One)

Dec 9: Price of luncheon meat soar, from $1 to as high as $3. Prices of luncheon meat have been on the rise since August when the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) rejected and destroyed a consignment of canned pork products from two food processing plants in China. (New Paper)

Dec 10: ComfortDelgro raises taxi fares. Commuters will pay between 18 per cent and 49 per cent more for a taxi ride home from the city from 5pm to midnight. (Straits Times) (CNA)

Dec 11: SCHOOL bus fares will go up by at least $5 to $10 in January, sparked by the increase in diesel prices in recent months. (Straits Times)

Dec 14: Singapore‘s second-largest taxi operator SMRT will be raising its fares from next Friday, December 21. The changes are in line with the adjustments made by market leader ComfortDelGro which will be increasing fares from December 17. (CNA)

Dec 14: Hike in POSB coins charge excessive. “IN THE past, whenever I made a deposit or withdrawal in coins, I paid $5 in service charge for every $500. Now, I have to pay $15 for every $500. So if I changed $1,000 into coins, I would lose $30.” (ST Forum Page)

Dec 14: Adjustment rate for housing loan changed unilaterally. “This unilateral change in adjustment rate is an increase in effective interest on the loan, and it is done without changing the loan interest rates. Is it fair for banks to offer adjustment rates as a ‘feature’ to woo customers but, six months into the loan, unilaterally reduce the benefits of the feature?” (ST Forum Page)

Dec 14: Hike in luggage surcharge wasn’t publicized. “When they were at the check-in counter, they were informed that the overweight charge was $20, not $8, and if they did not pay up they would not get their boarding passes. They had no choice but to pay.” (ST Forum Page)

Dec 20: Potong Pasir to raise S&C charges. THE opposition-held Potong Pasir ward is raising its service and conservancy (S&C) charges for the first time in a decade. Residents there will pay between $2.50 and $8 more a month, depending on the size of their HDB flat. (Straits Times)

Dec 20: Expect to pay more for food from next month. SINGAPOREANS should brace themselves for a sharp hike in food prices starting from New Year’s Day, which could affect anything from curry puffs to ice cream. (Asia One)

Dec 24: Singapore‘s Nov consumer prices up 4.2% year-on-year. Singapore‘s consumer prices rose faster-than-expected in November. The consumer price index – a non-core measure of costs for goods and services – rose 4.2 percent from a year earlier, after rising 3.6 percent in October. (CNA)

Dec 28: Electricity tariffs to go up. Highest since 2001. From next month (Jan 2008), electricity tariffs will go up nearly 6 per cent, to 22.62 cents per kilowatt-hour (kwh). (Straits Times)

2007: HDB ups valuation and administrative fees for valuation report of flats. This is to include the new 7% GST. (link)

Quote:

Aug 24:

‘With rents rising, and some retailers not passing on the GST hike until later, we expect CPI inflation to continue to climb, probably close to 3 per cent towards year-end,’ said Citigroup economist Chua Hak Bin.

“Consumers Association of Singapore president Yeo Guat Kwang, who is also MP for Aljunied GRC, said if prices go up because of supply and demand conditions, that cannot be helped: ‘What we need to ensure is that price adjustments are fair.

‘So far, we haven’t seen a phenomenon of businesses profiteering from the GST rise,’ said Mr Yeo, who is the deputy chairman of the Committee Against GST Profiteering.

‘Most importantly, prices of basic necessities have remained stable.’

(Straits Times, Aug 24, 2007)

Other reports:

A relentless spiral by Littlespeck. (link)

CASE survey. (link)

Govt spells out fees to be frozen. (link) (link)

2008

Jan 3: Second Link tolls to go up from Feb 1. The tolls for all motorists at Tuas Second Link will be raised by between 10 cents and S$4.40 from 1 February. Motorcyclists will need to pay 10 cents more than the current toll of 60 cents. Cars will be tolled S$4.60, while vans and small lorries will be charged S$10.50. The largest jump is for big lorries, which will have to pay S$21 – S$4.40 more than the current S$16.60. (Channel NewsAsia)

Jan 08: Motorists to face five new ERP gantries. MOTORISTS can expect to pay more over the next few months to use the roads when five new ERP gantries are up, many in the heart of residential areas. (Straits Times) (Straits Times)

Jan 14: Prices of CNY goodies to go up. BE PREPARED to spend 10 per cent to 20 per cent more on foodstuffs this Chinese New Year. (Straits Times)

Jan 15: Inflation in S’pore may hit 6.5% this month. CONSUMER prices in Singapore may surge a staggering 6.5 per cent this month, bringing full- year average inflation to an equally eye-popping 5 per cent, according to Citigroup. (Straits Times)

Jan 18: Lunar New Year dinner prices set to rise by at least 10 per cent. Prices for restaurant dinners are set to rise by at least 10 per cent. (CNA)

Jan 23: Prices of suckling pigs double due to supply shortage in China. The prices of suckling pigs have doubled recently due to a drop in supply from China, and a 5kg pig is going for as much as S$180. (CNA)

Jan 24: Singapore‘s consumer price index (CPI) … rose 4.4 per cent last month from a year earlier, with transport contributing the most. (TODAY)

Jan 25: Resale HDB flat prices up 30% above valuation in Q4. BUYERS of resale Housing Board flats found themselves paying $22,000 above the valuation from October to December – a whopping 30 per cent increase more than the previous quarter. (Straits Times)

Jan 29: ERP rates to go up by S$0.50 at certain gantries from Feb 4. Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates are set to go up by S$0.50 starting 4 February, according to the Land Transport Authority. (CNA)

Jan 30: ERP rates, more gantries to go up – but road tax cut by 15%. Minister Lim said 16 new gantries will go on between April and November, bringing the total number in operation to 71. This is just the start. The base ERP rate will be upped from $1 to $2, with the increments in $1 instead of the current 50 cents. To make ERP more effective in a rising affluent community, these changes will be made gradually. (Straits Times)

Jan 30: MediShield premiums to go up for better cover. YEARLY premiums for basic MediShield insurance are set to increase – by about $120 for most people – to ensure that subsidised patients saddled with big hospital bills will get better payouts. (Straits Times)

Jan 30: Prime Taxis to raise fares from March. AFTER holding out for over a month, Singapore‘s smallest cab operator, Prime Taxis, will raise its fares to come in line with other companies here. (Straits Times)

Jan 30: Prices for tickets for all Cathay cineplexes to go up on Jan 31. Expect to pay up to $10.50 on a weekend. (TODAY)

Feb 02: Prices of vegetables are up between 5 and 10 per cent because higher oil prices. YOUR shopping basket will be a little more expensive this year, no thanks to a rise in vegetable prices. (The New Paper)

Feb 4: Singapore inflation may exceed 5 percent this year – PM Lee. Inflation in the city-state could accelerate to 5 percent this year after rising 2.1 percent in 2007 given rising commodity prices worldwide, the Business Times newspaper quoted Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as saying. (Forbes)

Feb 04: Businesses say new ERP gantries may increase operating costs. The rise in Electronic Road Pricing and increase in the number of ERP gantries is worrying at least one business – the couriers. (CNA)

Feb 14: Varsities up tuition fees by 4% to 20%. TUITION fees at the three local universities will go up by between 4 per cent and 20 per cent for the new batch of undergraduates entering in August. (Straits Times)

Feb 26: INFLATION accelerated last month to a 26-year high of 6.6 per cent with housing, food and transport costs registering steep increases over the past year. (Straits Times)

Mar 3: Caltex increases petrol and diesel pump prices. The company increased all grades of petrol by 4 cents per litre at 11am on Monday. Its Regular 95 petrol is now priced at S$2.046 a litre, Regular 98 at S$2.12 and Premium 98 petrol is S$2.286 per litre before discount. (CNA)

March 10: Park in Orchard area? It’ll cost you even more. Parking fees have gone up at 18 out of 20 malls, in one case by 36 per cent. (Straits Times, AsiaOne)

March 12: Fishball prices increase 20% due to rising cost of raw ingredients. Retailers said the prices of fishballs have risen by 20 per cent since last July due to rising cost of raw ingredients. (CNA)

March 17: Price of Chinese herbs to increase by 10%-20%. The price of Chinese herbs is set to increase by 10-20 percent. (CNA)

March 18: Barely two weeks after an increase in pump prices … all four petrol companies raised prices yesterday. Petrol and diesel prices went up by four cents and five cents per litre respectively, with the exception of Shell’s V-Power, which went up by three cents, and Caltex Platinum Techron, which remained unchanged. Regular 98-octane petrol at all four petrol chains now costs $2.160 a litre, while diesel is $1.613 a litre, before discounts. (TODAY)

March 19: Cost of electricity to go up from April as oil prices rise. Electricity tariffs will go up by an average of 1.26 cents (S$0.0126) per kilowatt starting 1 April. (CNA)

March 25: Singapore‘s CPI up 6.5 pct year-on-year in February. Singapore‘s consumer price index (CPI) jumped 6.5 percent in February from a year earlier, after gaining a 25-year high of 6.6 percent in January. (Trading Markets)

March 25: Singapore inflation stays at 26-year high. Prices of meat and poultry, cooking oils and dairy products clocked double-digit gains, while rice, cereal and fruit cost almost 10 per cent more than they did last year. High oil prices also made themselves felt in electricity bills and at petrol pumps. Indeed, transport costs jumped 9.6 per cent, boosted also by higher taxi fares and car prices. (Straits Times)

March 25: Prices of coffee, milk, sugar rise. In the past six months, the price of a 40-sachet bag of Nescafe 3-in-1 Regular Coffeemix has risen by 14 to 19 per cent across most major supermarkets. It costs $5.20 at Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice. Super 3-in-1 Coffeemix is up 5 to 9 per cent, and now costs $4.95 at Cold Storage and $4.80 at NTUC FairPrice. (Straits Times)

March 26: Price of paper up by as much as 40%. The price of paper around the world has gone up by as much as 40 percent over the past year. This has caused the price of recycled paper to increase by 100 percent. (CNA)

March 28: NETS revises pricing for NETS CashCard. Consumers are going to have pay more for their NETS CashCard come May, as it will include the cost of the CashCard as well. (CNA)

March 29: Prices of rice rise. FairPrice raises price of its house brand varieties after Thai rice jumps 30% overnight. A 5kg bag of FairPrice Thai White Fragrant Rice now costs $5.30, up from $4.70, and a 10kg bag of Double FairPrice Thai Hom Mali Rice now goes for $17.90, up from $16.25. (Straits Times)

April 5: FairPrice ups price for one premium rice brand. SINGAPORE‘S biggest supermarket chain, NTUC FairPrice, on Friday hiked the price of one of its in-house brands of premium rice. The rise is NTUC’s second in as many weeks: It hiked prices of three other in-house brands of rice by between 60 cents and $1.65 last week. (Straits Times)

April 23: Singapore‘s March inflation rate up 6.7% on-year. The CPI for the first quarter of this year was 6.6 percent higher compared with the same quarter of previous year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI in March was 0.3% higher compared with February. Singapore‘s inflation rate has been hovering at its highest level in 26 years. (CNA)

April 23: Pump prices up across all brands. THE OTHER oil companies have all followed Caltex’s move to raise pump prices here. ExxonMobil, Singapore Petroleum Co and Shell on Wednesday upped petrol prices by three cents a litre and diesel by five cents. The latest pump price adjustment is the 10th consecutive increase since July last year – 11th if the GST-triggered increase on July 1, 2007 were to be included. (Straits Times)

April 25: Sharp hike in kindergarten fees. SOME 1,500 students attending the seven PAP Community Foundation (PCF) kindergartens in Woodlands will see their fees shoot up by 30 to 100 per cent. (TODAY, April 25.)

May 3: Rice and cooking oil lead price rise. Yes, the price of rice is going up. But so too are the prices of cooking oil and other items such as instant noodles. (Straits Times)

May 3: SIZZLING HOT: Cooking oil prices on the boil. In the last two months, retail prices have jumped between 9per cent and 56 per cent, depending on the brand.. (Straits Times)

May 9: Expect to pay higher electricity bills. Soaring crude oil prices drove the benchmark market price of electricity to a record last month, and there is not much relief in sight. (Straits Times)

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50 Responses to “The relentless rising cost of living in Singapore”

  1. Eddie Loh said

    To all Singaporeans:

    Your worries and concerns about the relentless rising cost of living in Singaporea are all unfounded and baseless as all these are “Good for Singaporeans” because they are still affordable in the eyes of our super-talent ministers who continue to draw pension and obscene sky-high salary when their services are needed beyond 55 years old.

    For the poor and lazy peasants who cannot keep up with the “Good for Singaporeans” scheme: Get out from my elite uncaring face.

  2. scb said

    Hi everybody, is it possible for costs of living in Singapore to come down?

    My humble, maybe even stupid opinion is that costs will have to go further up. Some reasons are beyond our control, even those who claimed to be genius will not be able to help except to help their own pockets! Nature not only has made our land tiny, it has also given the least of resources except a strategic position, the usefulness of which gets eroded as time goes.

    It is clear how other nations, especially our neighbours have developed and got better with Nature endowed big landmass and rich natural resources. What this means is that Nature has decided and its’ decision has not gone unnoticed by the Rulers of the day.

    They(leaders) know this tiny dot is destined and what super talents they have will not change the fate of this land and its’ poor inhabitants. However, they can take ‘good care’ of themselves first; having ‘got the mandate’ from the citizens to their political powers, they decreed that they are worth multi-millon Sin Dollars in remunerations per year to commensurate with their ‘self proclaimed talents(abilities?)’.

    The non-talented mass on the other hand ‘can survive with about $300 a month for three meals’ a day at hawker centre, foodcourt, restaurant or wherever. And the poor will have to pool their miserable CPF monies into a so-called annuities to help each other, otherwise pray for helps, don’t ask for helps; YOU DIE YOUR BUSINESS! Ultimately, destiny will set upon us, and it should be quite soon.

    For those who ‘have made the neccessary arrangements’, the hedonistic lifestyles will be actualised once they get out of this resourceless(and therefore fun-less and boring) land. Let us face it, if living is going to be good here for most of us, I suppose very few of us will ever ‘grumble’ and blame others and fate.

    Will there be needs to amass fortunes by way of remunerations, gamblings(drug trafficking, robbery, vice operation, smuggling etc) and businesses? The answer is a definite yes but in much less desperate manners because there is a minimun comfort level. But, when one knows a potential fate is about to descent, hell breaks loose and each to his own.

    Can we blame selfish, thoughtless even sinful behaviours in us, the leadership the masses? Yes if we go by the idealistic, moral interpretation and no if we are awared that for over forty years, the Leadership has only emphasized economic developments exclusively with little and no concerns for moral, ethic and wholesome societal values. Hey, I maybe damn wrong and do excuse and guide me along should I have been misguided.

  3. aygee said

    some cost increases cant be avoided, which is understandable and accepted.

    What i cant accept is when many of the above cost increases are IMMEDIATELY passed on to the consumer. There is no indication where these orgs/companies made any attempt to reduce other areas of overheads/costs, nor increase revenues in other areas. what saddens me is that THERE IS NO ATTEMPT to even inform us whether they’re trying to do it in other areas.

    They take it for granted. Why? Because no one holds them accountable. no one challenges them. neither from the press, MPs, NGOs, consumer associations, trade unions, shareholders and stakeholders etc.

    Management makes the easiest decisions of all – pass on the cost pressure to the consumer. sad, really.

  4. aygee said

    oh and another thing…

    IKEA charges for the use of plastic bags. with the extra money they earn from this, what are they doing with the funds?

    Contribute to an org that helps cut down carbon emissions or other important environmental causes – or is it going straight to their pockets?

  5. cdlah said

    Seriously, how would the CASE president be able to prove / tell price adjustments that are due to fluctuating demand and supply and those that are profiteering? Is he going to demand that companies show him their books?

    Everywhere, prices are increasing beyond the raise in 2% GST. Most retailers have increased their prices. Has demand increased and supply decreased so much since 1st July?

  6. Rockeye said

    When Auntie Ho Ching go shopping or she made a lost, you can be assured that cost of living in Singapore will shoot up to take care of her spending spree.

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    Temasek Approaches Nasdaq To Buy LSE Stake – Report
    by Reuters

    The reported interest by Temasek comes amid growing protectionism in Europe and the United States towards sovereign wealth funds making aggressive overseas investments in search of higher returns.

    The International Monetary Fund said in June it was growing uneasy about the trillions of dollars managed by largely secretive sovereign wealth funds because it fears their activities could disrupt financial markets.

    GOvernment-owned investment vehicles such as Temasek and its sister agency Government of Singapore Investment Corp control about $2 trillion — roughly the size of France’s economy — and are expected to grow to $12 trillion by 2015.

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  8. Sloth said

    Good list of things, I guess what I am sensing from the below quote below is,

    Dont’ vote for a govt that does not take care of its people!

    I don’t want to have anybody who is 85 years old or 90 years old and say ‘my CPF finished, I have no insurance, and now I need to live. And I have nobody to look after me… then what happens?”

  9. Sg Punk said

    but alot of us don’t even get to vote anyway.

  10. Lilian said

    Andrew,

    Great work in collating this!!!
    Hopefully it does makes people realise how much had been increased ever since the last GE…

  11. Pui yee said

    SG Punk,

    It doesn’t matter if you don’t get to vote so long as you’re able to convince one who does, that the it is imperative to vote out the incumbent = “An eye for an eye, a vote for a vote”.

    Get involved!

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  13. Alan Wong said

    Today I just had a bowl of Yong Tau Foo at People’s Park Hawker Centre where there seems to be a perpetual queue. The standard price charged is now S$3.00 per bowl instead of what used to be S$2.50 per bowl, an increase of 20%.

    If there is no price increase, one will notice that either the bowl has shrunk or the ingredients are less or your coffee has less milk and sugar. So has ST really done their homework or is ST trying to pull a fast one !

  14. RaymondChua said

    Next time, when you eat the mee, you better take the bowl back because 50cents is the price of the bowl. haha

  15. woo said

    if you think that there is a significant price increase for items that is not a necessity, give it up. let the supplier of that service or product feel the pinch of loosing a customer. stop supporting these retailer. they inturn will also feel the pinch of losing sales. if more consumers do this, they will not any how raise price. Imagine just one day that the whole of singapore stop using public transport for a day. how much money will these so called public transport provider lose? making tons of money from us still want to increase transport fare. shame on you.

    My policy is that i will not be held ransom by these people, i will hold them in ransom by quitting the service / product.

  16. Onlooker said

    Dear CASE,
    I want to complain to CASE about the increase in prices for my Civilian servant. I notice her qualities of service (QOS) are dropping and now she complain that I’m not paying enough for her children to Go on scholarship in “other expensive, not local/regional(cheaper)” University leh. And to think that I conservatively majority vote for her (against the wife)to stay here. How huh?
    I know I pay for her qualities services but I as an elitist citizen required the best you know. Last night she went AWOL absent without official leave from the house and I emailed all my neighbor to find her including the rubbished dump foreman. She was dating a guy from her village who work there leh so headache. She want him to stay in our house some more, She invite him to eat in my house to eat food here. Which I don’t mind if he can do some house maintenance for me.
    So I was just wondering can I exchange her for better one?
    If so, How soon? Must I wait for her term to finish.
    your sincerely The elitist onlooker

  17. Made_Man said

    Would you rather live in a country with guns, sirens, hookers and drugs around the corner, 24/7? Or a country with stability, peace and safety? A small price to pay, to live in Singapore. Majulah Singapura!

  18. puni said

    A useful compilation. Thanks 🙂

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  25. irgen said

    I am perplexed how the Singapore Power said that the increase in electricity tariff is pegged to oil price hikes when almost all power generating stations in Singapore use natural gas.

    I have posted the following article on Young Pap, LuckyTan, MrWangsaysso blogs and hope you query the SP over their remarks.

    ‘It is reported that the electricity tariff will increase from next months onwards – according to Singapore Power, the increase is due to the oil price hikes.

    I am surprise that Singapore Power based its electricity tariff on oil. As early as 2004 most of the power generating plants in Singapore used gas and it had contracts with Malaysian and Indonesian gas suppliers, notably from the Natuna Gas Fields and here I paste these report taken from Energy Information Admininstration:-

    Natural Gas
    Singapore’s Natural Gas Consumption, 1990-2004. (Source: EIA, International Energy Annual)Singapore imports all of its natural gas, which is mainly used for power generation and petrochemical production. In 2004 Singapore consumed 233 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas, a greater than five-fold increase from the 2002 level of 41 Bcf.

    Natural gas use is rising rapidly, as the government promotes policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and sulfur emissions, ensuring energy security, and promoting the country as a regional hub for an integrated gas pipeline network. In 2002, the government set a target of 60 percent of the country’s electricity to be generated from natural gas by 2012. By 2003, this goal had already been met, and the Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) reports that about 80 percent of the country’s electricity demand comes from natural gas today. In November 2003 and June 2004, Singapore experienced power outages that were the result of natural gas supply disruptions. After the June 2004 incident, the government set up the Energy System Review Committee (ESRC) to study the root causes of the gas disruptions and propose measures to strengthen the energy system’s reliability. Among other recommendations, the ESRC called upon Singapore to diversify its sources of natural gas, as it has historically relied on Indonesia for its natural gas imports.

    So in effect this pegging of our electricity tariff with oil price hikes is not in line with business practice and another burden for our much belequeared low and mid income citizens. Why not peg the price with gas since most of our plants are gas-fired?

    If you use gas to generate electricity and peg this hike on oil prices, more businesses will also hike their prices and the next round of such increases will be disastrous for us poor and not too poor people.

    Thanks.

  26. sarek_home said

    Hope this will help Irgen:

    http://services.spservices.sg/cs_faq_elec_tariff.htm

    5. Why do tariffs fluctuate with higher fuel oil prices when 60% of our country’s power generation uses natural gas as fuel?

    The natural gas contracts are pegged to fuel oil prices. Hence, the price of natural gas will also change accordingly when there is a change in fuel oil prices.

    P.S. I believe this gas contract pegged to fuel oil price is a common practice.

  27. sarek_home said

    fuel oil prices vs electricity tarriff:

  28. irgen said

    ‘5. Why do tariffs fluctuate with higher fuel oil prices when 60% of our country’s power generation uses natural gas as fuel?’

    But Singapore’s Energy Market Authority reported that 80% of the country’s electricity demand comes from natural gas today. Quoted below:

    By 2003, this goal had already been met, and the Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) reports that about 80 percent of the country’s electricity demand comes from natural gas today

    So we would like to know if more than 80 percent of our power plants are now using natural gas, why is it that SP gives a different figure i.e. 60%?

    I have surfed the net seeking the answers to such hikes when I see my utilities bill tripled in the last 10 years. I have posted my questions on several sites and one of them told me that Singapore signed a contract couple of years back to supply natural gas for 20 years. Here I quote:

    “As far as I could remember, Sembgas had a couple of years signed a contract with Indonesia to buy natural gas from Natunas gas field for 20 years at a fixed price with a minumum volume per day, albeit with adjustments for inflation, etc. The gas is piped to Jurong Island from the gas field at Natunas.

    Senoko power station and Tuas power station are definitely running on natural gas, as both operate on combined cycle plants. Seraya power station, the last time that I am aware, runs on a industry termed emulsion fuel, which I think is imported from South America. So in fact, none of our power station under normal circumstances runs on fuel oil.

    I happen to know these as my previous job relates to oil and gas.”


    If none of our power station under normal circumstances runs on fuel oil, I take it that all run on natural gas. No?

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  31. Ronin said

    After a long string of price increases these past 2 years, LHL has the audacity to claim that S’pore is “not just a playground for the rich”!!!!

  32. Daniel said

    “S’pore is “not just a playground for the rich”!!!!”
    maybe he means it is the playground for the super-rich like himself, president, nepotism family etc that prey on pleasants.

  33. Angelo said

    Try living in another country before complaining. I’m now in the UK – do you know how much I pay for a 17-minute train ride to London for work : 4.10 pounds ONE WAY – which is around SGD 12 … I used to pay less than a dollar for this type of travel back in Singapore. A 30-minute taxi ride here from my place to the airport is around 40 pounds (120 SGD). A 5-minute taxi ride is around 6 pounds (18 SGD). 3-bedroom flats are around 700-1000 pounds (2100-3000 SGD) and these are not the good flats (not like the condo units in Singapore). Daycare is around 500 pounds (1500 SGD). Even stuff like Ikea products here are twice as expensive as in Singapore.

    Oh and don’t say the salary is higher – yes it is higher but not enough to cover the difference coz after removing the taxes… my net salary here in the UK is close to what I earned back in Singapore. Anyway – I’m only here on a short-term project and just went for the experience 🙂

    So please – stop complaining or maybe try living in another first-world country first (South Korea, New York, Japan etc.) and see if living there with the same lifestyle as in Singapore is really cheaper.

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  35. Natalie said

    I’m really scared. i’m only a primary school student and the university prices are increasing. What will happen when i go to the university? Will we be able to afford it?

  36. Daniel said

    Angelo, are we complaining ? We just to keep cost down and justify the price hike. No one want to see a case of unjustified price hike as and when the government feel like it just because the establishment feel Singapore is still cheap compared to western counterpart ?

    Singaporean living in Malaysia, Bangkok etc will too emphasize how cheap the living expense in these countries because the currency rate, policy, salary structure and environment are different.

    Anyway, your reason is the same reason that our ministers will often quote for price hike once in a while. So to be fair, let not benchmark against other country in term of living standard.

    In western country, our currency sucks. In eastern country, our currency still rules.

    No one will complain if the coffers is honest enough to justify price increment and policy.

  37. Daniel said

    “Seriously, how would the CASE president be able to prove / tell price adjustments that are due to fluctuating demand and supply and those that are profiteering?”

    Let applies this case to MNC.
    Remember the government is to make MNC happy even though at expense of consumer. They lure the MNC here to make economic benefits, and really why sure they offend MNC ?

    Is there any case example where CASE make a claim against MNC due to price fixing, collusion etc ?

  38. Francis said

    if the cost of S&C keeps going up when the lifts are urine,foul smelling, not scrub, sanitize, when the fans don’t work for weeks and one has to keep going to the town council to complain week after week and getting into sour notes with the cleaners, than singaporeans need to go the way malaysia had in the general elections, croynism, six star salaries,collecting s&c but no work done, sounds like ah long here……pay late get fine, sick 3rd class treatment, better go away to some other place also 3rd class but pay less.. somebody claim s’pore will be swiss of asia in 2010,,,dream on.

  39. donald said

    we have to pay the price for staying in singapore… if any one of us are willing to give it up, then we are free to leave singapore..

    i have friends who are so pissed with singapore (the local policies etc) to the extent that they are migrating overseas and they are willing to give up their singapore citizenship just to get out of here (and grab their CPF along too).. and of course they are complaining too but then again they have the choice to make their decision and they made theirs.

    everyone has their rights to complain but we also have the right to choose to live or to stay..while it may not be as easy to leave as just by saying it out.. many of us do have the choice, especially the younger generations..

    sigh…

  40. david said

    I am very disappointed that the govt is promoting quite a few MPs to become senior ministers.

    Is the govt having too much money in their pockets? If that is the case, care to give back to S’poreans?

    To be honest, if i have the money, i would change my citizenship. This current govt is full of crab. I have no faith with the current administration. The older batch of ministers are much better. They are more careful and understanding to the needs of ordinary folks.

    This is because the older ministers have gone thru the hardship of wwII. However, the current ministers are just paying lips services. To date, I have no seen my MP in my area.

  41. Si Han said

    I’m only a 17 year old JC 1 student, but just as i was researching on the recent news of $10/mth increase in medishield, i came across this site. WOW. i am totally appalled.

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  43. kelly said

    I can’t find a more comprehensive list than this – AA++ “report”!

  44. Thanks, Kelly, for the very generous AA++. I never got that when I was in school. 😦

    I am just wondering how many times the word “up” or “increase” appeared in all those news reports.

    But maybe the word “adjustment” is used more. 😛

    Andrew Loh

  45. kelly said

    Er….I have some additional comments (there is/seems to be no end to comparing Singapore’s govt with the rest of the worlds’ so I will leave these comparison out!) lol

    These are what I noticed:
    1. When the US economy is down, all else seem to go up!!
    2. Gold prices also went up sharply at one time.
    3. Western Union has a $1 surcharge for paying via NETS – only at certain branches which have them (as of this posting).
    4. Flour prices went up….so some noodle-stall holders and bread/pastry shops also UP their prices.
    5. And you will be shocked to know how much loan LTA (Land Transport Authority) took for the machines to work at ERP gantries. So vehicle-owners/users are paying for it now. (ERP to “control” traffic? Barely! Will future hybrid diesel cars be an answer to saving costs for vehicle-owners?)
    6. Thank God for the Singapore Bhuddist Lodge (charity) – that’s where needy students get their bursaries. Did our govt help? If so, in what ways?

    Okie har….your turn to comment!

  46. kelly said

    haha You’re welcome Andrew! 🙂

  47. Snova said

    Dear TOC,
    In household budget planning, good information is available by reviewing your insightful,chronological & researched contents; also an older article with reference to “cost of living” by Mr Brown(Today 30June06)which upon fresh reading may seem prophectic to the present day high cost of living issues.
    Perhaps another updated article by Mr Brown may be useful for objective crystal gazing to help solve immiment problems for some in the difficult years ahead.
    You may wish to invite Mr Brown to your platform. Thanks.

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