People first?

The Rhetoric

“MPs back ‘people first’ promise. Members of Parliament yesterday supported the government’s promise to put people first…”
Straits Times, Oct 12, 1999

The Reality

“With GST rising to 5 per cent on Jan 1 2004, Singaporeans have an additional burden to bear of $1.32 billion a year, forever. The government has also refused to restore CPF cuts…
The mirror of opinion, BigO, 2003

In the meantime…

“Ministers’ salary cuts to be restored in two phases”
Straits Times, June 17, 2004

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