Taxman Heng Sweet Keat is neither Santa Claus nor Robin Hood

Taxman Heng Sweet Keat is neither Santa Claus nor Robin Hood

The Independent·2018-01-29 12:00

By Augustine Low

Speaking of the upcoming Budget earlier this week, Heng Swee Keat tried his best to temper expectations, saying he is neither Santa Claus giving out goodies nor Robin Hood doing great things.

But something has to give, and someone has to do the taking. It looks like Singaporeans are bearing the brunt of it. Already we know for a fact that taxes are going up – not just GST but e-commerce taxes, airport taxes,  possibly wealth taxes and what else they can come up with to start taxing or tax more.

As Finance Minister, Heng will be remembered as the one to initiate a robust round of taxes. While Santa Claus or Robin Hood may not quite fit the bill, he can be dubbed the Taxman. Yes, Taxman Heng kind of fits him to a T.

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