Whether it’s the price of water or carbon taxes, Budget 2017 will most certainly have adverse consequences on Singapore’s middle and working class already squeezed by the high cost of living. Neither out of touch comments made by elitist MPs in their ivory towers or token gestures like GST vouchers are going to help alleviate the financial burdens of Singaporeans.
An age old myth that has been drilled into the heads of every Singaporean from birth is the notion that we owe Singapore’s success to our model of governance. Or to put it more bluntly, the one-party domination of the PAP that made such progress possible. This myth is constantly being expounded by the political establishment and the mainstream media.
As a bystander in Singapore observing US politics from an ocean away, I can’t help but draw parallels between Trump’s America and a PAP-dominated Singapore.