Well, it looks like the Singapore government has finally decided to provide some reasons for the GST hike (see Channel News Asia article).
I think it is a good idea and certainly worth trying (as usual, they've hidden away much of the implementation details). Social welfare has always suffered from the stigma of depriving citizens under social security from any need or incentive to work their way back into employment.
"Workfare" (I wonder if this is a new concept) appears to be headed in the right direction as a reasonable compromise, essentially saying "If you want help, you've gotta to be seen as seriously trying".
Of course, this is not a black-and-white case. In the US, as I understand it, in order to qualify for payouts, people need to be seen trying to seek employment with certified employment agencies. At the same time, consider this: If one has employment in Singapore but at the same time is unable to support one's family, is this a sign that Singapore's minimum wage is woefully low?
Well, I'm sure there's a lot of ground I've not covered (eg. just what is Singapore's minimum wage?) but then again, I'm a simple (and lazy) engineer. Just more random thoughts in this post ...