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RM14.6bil surplus expected with stronger growth

WITH stronger than expected economic growth in 2007, the Government expects the overall budget Balance to be a surplus of S$6.4bil (RM14.6bil) for financial year 2007, compared to the deficit of S$0.7bil (RM1.6bil) that was originally projected.

Budget 2008 to focus on needs of the rakyat

A home for every Malaysian - that will be the main agenda for Budget 2008 that will be unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Shopping now more expensive

SECOND Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has unveiled a budget deficit of $1.3bil (RM2.9bil) for fiscal year 2006, with the GST hike to take effect in July, accompanied by a S$4bil (RM9.2bil) offset package, as well as a rise in the employer's share of CPF contributions by a 1.5 percentage point.

Exempt poor from rise in GST, says MP

Potong Pasir MP Chiam See Tong wants to see the poor exempted from the impending goods and services tax (GST) hike.

Budget to push up economy

THE government's first concern in crafting the budget due next month is to ensure it pushes the economy forward and prepares Singapore for the next stage of its development.

Government makes good on pledge to offset burden of higher GST

WHEN the goods and services tax (GST) goes up, Singaporean families need not worry about having to pay more for their children's school fees.

Higher bills for foreigners

FOREIGNERS in Singapore will pay more for education and health care as the government puts a priority on its own citizens, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in remarks published on Monday.

No rise in govt fees for one year

ALL government fees will stay frozen and not be raised for one year when the goods and services tax (GST) goes up from 5% to 7%.

Raising GST to help poor

SINGAPORE will raise its consumption tax next year to fund programmes for its lower income households, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in remarks published yesterday.

Air pistol parcel eludes security checks

A PARCEL containing two air pistols eluded security checks meant to prevent such items from being sent by post, and were about to be delivered before they were finally stopped - by the man who ordered them.

Life Inspired has a chic new look

2020 is all about change, and Life Inspired did just that with a fresh makeover!

This month, we speak to 3 female icons about empowerment and more - read it for FREE this week.