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新加坡交通部长王乙康对话工人党林志蔚:在危机时期对新加坡航空公司征收环境税“不是时候”

Oct 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

在当前的大环境下,对新加坡航空公司征收环境税无异于向掉到井里的人扔石头。

交通部长王乙康十月六日在国会辩论中用成语“落井下石”来形容此类税收的潜在影响。

王乙康已经就计划重开新加坡边境和恢复航空旅行发表了一份部长级声明,他在讲话中提到了工人党议员林志蔚的建议,即对新加坡航空公司推出的“无目的地航班”中的每架航班征收环境税。

他说:

“无论新加坡航空公司决定采取何种方式,交通运输部都会在这样的时刻尽最大努力支持我们的国有航空公司。但我不会考虑在这个时候像林志蔚副教授建议的那样对它们征收环境税,因为这将使新加坡航空公司的危机更加恶化。”

新加坡航空公司已决定不采用该建议。

征收环境税"还不是时候"

在随后的一个提问中,林志蔚要求王乙康“澄清他的想法”,并解释说,环境税可以由消费者或生产者承担,这取决于所提供产品(航班)的价格弹性,新加坡航空公司如果能够将成本转嫁给消费者,在经济上仍然可行。

王乙康回答说,如果不是因为当前的疫情和新加坡航空公司所处的严峻形势,是可以考虑这个想法的。

他指出,这不是将成本转嫁给客户的问题,是因为目前几乎没有客户,客运量仅为1.5%。

王乙康补充称,如果新加坡航空公司没有进行资本重组,整个公司早就破产了。

王乙康表示,新加坡航空公司目前需要保留尽可能多的资金,“现在真的不是讨论环境税的时候”。

他随后用成语来解释他的观点:

“我想中国有句俗话叫做落井下石。这可能会让新加坡航空公司的情况变得更糟。落井下石的意思是某人掉进井里,你扔了一块石头让情况变得更糟。所以我们要非常小心。等一切恢复以后,国际社会将会继续讨论是否应该征收环境税。”

林志蔚进一步在线澄清

十月六日晚些时候,林志蔚在Facebook上发表了一个帖子,进一步解释了他的立场。

林志蔚说,他为新加坡航空公司感到骄傲,并希望该行业得以生存,他对环境税的建议将由较富裕的客户承担,这些客户将更愿意乘坐拟议中的“无目的地航班”。

林志蔚补充说,他希望能“激发一些创造性思维,思考我们如何能在不影响对环境关注的前提下,确保我国航空公司未来的生存能力。”

他说:“这样的创造性思维是必要的,以确保我们不会以不明智的方式消费自己的血汗钱。”

十月七日,新加坡内政和法律部长尚穆根分享了一段王乙康和林志蔚交谈的视频,重申为什么林志蔚的环境税建议“在当前新航员工的工作岌岌可危的情况下,不是个好主意”。

https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=1269449063400179

请于此链接阅读林志蔚的全文,下方Twitter帖子也有相同内容:

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This commentator thinks MCI ad should not have featured poor Malays

May 12, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
A Hari Raya advertisement by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) was 'cancelled' by certain netizens online for depicting lower income Malays according to reality.

"Message for Syawal", a two-and-a-half-minute video published last month (Apr 30) captures moments in the life of a low-income Malay family living in a rental flat.

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Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"

The video, which is peppered with Malay proverbs, shows the family moving out of their rental flat to a new home several years later where they celebrate Hari Raya.

The father of the family works as a mover while the mother is a housewife.

Their young son, Syawal, skips school to earn extra income for his family before a teacher flags his absence from school to his parents.

The mother in the video later decides to return to work to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties while the father gets a new job.


Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"



Why some netizens are outraged

The video sparked backlash online, with some viewers saying that it contained stereotypes about the Malay community.

The stereotypes:
  • The father works as a mover - commonly perceived to be a low-income job
  • The mother is jobless
  • The son plays truant
  • The family lives in a rental flat for low-income earners

Commentator implied that poor Malays shouldn't be portrayed in public to prevent stereotypes


Pictured: Screenshot from Homeground Asia video

A video commentary by The Homeground Asia went further by criticizing how the video propagates the narrative that Malays are poor and lazy, and that the ministry should have created a video that is more relatable to both the less fortunate and the more affluent Malays.

Adi Rahman, one of the interviewees in the video went further by making sweeping assumptions that the ministry lacked cultural intelligence and did not consult the community on the narrative.

Ironically, in talking about inclusivity, Adi implied that the realities of poor Malays should not be shown in public.

For example, his rationale suggested that the video contained characters (the mover, jobless mother and the son who skips school) that contribute to the problem of other races seeing the Malays in a stereotypical and reductive light.

In other words, show the good stuff but not the reality.

Adi even accused the ministry for not consulting the Malays in the vetting of the video narrative.

His accusations were without merit, however, when the Ministry said in a statement (Apr 30) that Malay-Muslim viewers - presumably a focus group - had seen the video prior to its release, and perceived the story to be heart-warming, although some expressed reservations.


Pictured: Adi Rahman - one of the commentators in Homeground Asia video



Stereotyping or masking reality?

The ministry said last month (Apr 30) the video was meant to show "a family’s journey of resilience in facing challenging circumstances and how mutual support and encouragement could nurture the process”.

Other netizens felt it was an overreaction and that low-income families shouldn't be dehumanized in a way that they are removed from the conversation. They felt that the video was a call-to-action for those from the underprivileged to strive for a better life through hard work and seeking help that's already available.

The only missed opportunity in the MCI video was perhaps the suggestion that Malays in low income families living in a rental flat could not celebrate Hari Raya unless they get a flat on their own.

But of course, like Homeground Asia, that is also a sweeping assumption.