QUOTE(kekstdve @ Apr 30 2021, 03:47 PM)
Quite the opposite. The MSRP of a cheap imported car into sg could be $30k, but due to taxes such as the ARF, COE, excise duty, GST, road tax, ERP, and petrol taxes, it can easily become $90k ++ variable costs. Owning a car which is completely unnecessary in SG is a luxury and inevitably used as a luxury symbol. It's not a weapon, it's the smartest way of imposing high taxes on the rich without them complaining. Sure, give you your syiok sendiri status symbol la, but you pay tax and we use it to build mrt and buy new buses for the masses. This technique is too high level for the fake cert kataks here.
Cheap car prices with expensive carparks is so stupid, you buy and don't use the car as much. Your country's imports go up because hk and sg don't make cars locally, causing leakage of dollars. You want to reduce imports increase exports so your dollar can be strong. If you become minister our country gg
Edit: also just think how smart they are, car manufacturer makes car until half die, 30k revenue, profit margin only 8 to 10 percent. So gross profit (not even net profit) about 2.8k to 3k. Sg govt made nothing, print paper only make 60k net profit.
so then you agree that car isn't affordable in SG.
Hence, the class divide. It's very obvious that you are rich in SG simply because you own a vehicle.
Also, owning a vehicle is completely necessary and essential. FYI, I have a vehicle in Singapore. Partly funded by my work as I have to travel frequently across the Island to visit sites and my customers. Taking taxi or public transport is not feasible when you need to plan for 4, 5, sometimes even 6 visits per day up and down the island. Hence why I have my own vehicle. Time is of essence and you spend alot of time wasted on public transport. Regardless how efficient it is.. Case in point, it takes me 5 minutes to drive to my office from Changi airport. If I take public transport, that time is increased to 40 minutes..
Also, government smart or not, this isn't about intelligence at all..
It is about creating a society where the really rich & the poor/middle income is noticable. Nowhere in the world is this more evident than in Singapore.
You rich, you have a car. You poor/middle income, you take public transport. Be happy and deal with it.
I can see why SG is consistently voted as the most unhappy place to live. Simple enjoyment, like having your own vehicle also cannot. What kind of life is that?
I keep on stressing that the most important thing is how much is the affordability of things in the country, not how much income you make..This post has been edited by Liamness: Apr 30 2021, 04:11 PM