Budget 2023: Where does the Singapore dream go from here?

Some Singaporeans insist they’ve been short-changed amid efforts to level the playing field. How do you stop people from looking back at the lives their parents led, and questioning if things have truly become better?

Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong delivering the Budget statement in Parliament on Feb 14, 2023. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
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After Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong’s Budget speech on Tuesday, friends and acquaintances’ WhatsApp messages came loud and fast.

“The Government wants to penalise the middle class,” one friend grumbled in response to tax increases for high-end cars. She had planned to buy a bigger car to accommodate new members of her family.

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