WP holds first Hammer outreach since COVID, with editorial explaining why GST increase is ‘unnecessary and useless’ – TBEN Singapore News


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On Sunday (July 31), the Workers’ Party held its first Hammer outreach and distributed its newsletter for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The party sold the Hammer on walkabouts every Sunday, especially in areas where candidates for parliament are recruited.

In March 2020, WP chief Pritam Singh said the WP’s outreach activities would be scaled back due to Covid infections to prioritize public health and safety.

However, after more than two years, the WP is back with the Hammer, and the editorial discusses why the party opposes the impending increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will begin implementation early next year.

“Team Workers’ Party gathered today for the first Hammer outreach in the post-Covid era! Today’s Hammer outreach was at Blk 630 Bedok Reservoir Road market, in the Eunos district of Aljunied GRC, whose MP is opposition leader Pritam Singh; and Eunos Crescent at Marine Parade GRC, where our The Workers’ Party team has been active since GE2020,” the WP wrote in a July 31 Facebook post.

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The WP also posted photos of those attending the outreach including Mr Singh, Party Chair Sylvia Lim, Vice Chair Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap, MPs Leon Perera (Aljunied GRC), Gerald Giam (Aljunied GRC), Dennis Tan (Hougang SMC), Louis Chua (Sengkang GRC), Nicole Seah and others.

Photo: FB screengrab/workersparty

Mr Perera shared the WP’s message about the outreach, writing: “And we have left! Hammer’s outreach resumed this morning after a two-year hiatus, in Aljunied and Marine Parade GRCs. The lead article in this edition of The Hammer argues why a GST walk is unnecessary and useless.

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It was good to spend the morning with voters and fellow members of The Workers’ Party as we work towards healthy, balanced politics in the country we love.”

The party has spoken out against the GST increase for some time and objected to the national budget earlier this year.

The increase will come when “inflation rises and prices are high”, Mr Singh, the leader of the opposition, argued in parliament on Feb. 28.

The GST is expected to rise from 7 percent to 8 percent in 2023 and further increase to 9 percent in 2024.

The party reiterated its position in a Facebook post in Junewriting: “The government has announced that it will proceed with the GST hike in 2023. The Workers’ Party has argued in parliament against such a move at a time of heightened inflation risk and other options for monetization”.

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“The Workers’ Party does not support a GST increase,” it added.

“We agree with the government that ‘we should expect global inflation to expand into other areas and pick up even further’. Inflation continues to rise and is ten-year high, and Singaporeans are bearing the brunt.” /TISG

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