WHY THE PAP GOVT IS MONEY MINDED: it is PAP philosophy since the begining. When Dr Goh Keng Swee was Minister of Finance he even washed his own underwear when travelling overseas. Making money and saving money is foundational to PAP ideology.
A civil servant who makes money for the govt is valued. So everyone tries very hard and use all their intelligence to justify the taxes, fees, charges etc.
Money is virtue! Saving and making money is the highest virtue. Spending money is sinful! This is PAP philosophy from then till now. Jewel is one exception but then again it is investment to bring in more tourist dollar!
If you are not rich you have no virtue. If you are poor it is because you have squandered your talents and opportunities. To help you is therefore to endorse your slothfulness and your stupidity. This is soul destroying.
Handouts must therefore be stingy and to be very suspicious.
Govt is not evil. It is just being prudent and truthful to its operating ideology – accumulating money is virtue!