Budget 2018 debate: From The Gallery

Budget 2018: Heated debate over GST hike between Government and Workers' Party

Intense exchanges reflect increasingly robust debate between PAP and opposition

For the first time in over 30 years, the opposition yesterday formally voted against the Budget statement - after the Government called for a vote to be recorded, on a day of high drama in the House.

The Workers' Party (WP) said at the start of the Budget debate on Tuesday that it was "unable to support", at this point, a planned goods and services tax (GST) hike from 7 per cent to 9 per cent, which Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in his Budget statement last week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'Heated debate over GST hike between Govt and WP'. Subscribe