Saturday, 8 September 2007
In my previous posts on religion, I wrote about how tax grants can often be bantered about for religious organizations, even though most of them are not exactly operating under "not-for-profit" or charitable statuses.
Why religion is given such financially lucrative tax breaks with regards to their modus operandi is beyond me: Anything and everything that is tagged with faith, superstitious piety and unquestioning belief is given a width berth, to the extent that even secular law can be circumvented to accommodate ridiculously fraudulent beliefs.
Sep 6, 2007
Court accepts bad fengshui as valid reason to sell property
IN WHAT is believed to be the first case in Singapore , the High Court on Thursday ruled that bad fengshui is a legitimate reason for the owners to sell their property, for which they should not be taxed on the profits. It ruled in favour of a couple who argued that they had been compelled to sell their Waterside apartment they have owned for just over two years on this ground - and not because they had intended it as a trade. The taxman had taxed the couple on the gains they had made from the sale of the Waterside flat, as well as three other properties, asserting that the couple were engaging in the trading of properties. The sales took place between 1993 and 1996.
I do wonder if such a ruling is even constitutional in the first place: But the idea that fengshui is any legitimate reason to uphold taxation on the profits of property sales seems to reek of soft, warm, stinking piles of bullshit.
Such a ruling will only serve to promote superstition: By tacitly promoting tax breaks for people who sell their flats and demanding for taxbreaks on the whimsical claim of bad fengshui thereafter, what kind of message is our government sending to the masses?
If our legal courts insist on basing their rulings on ancient, religious rituals that have no basis of practicality and scientific validity, I doubt I will have sufficient trust in Singapore's legal system to give me any kind of fair trial.