I have been working in a "high-tax welfare" country where the GST is 25% and the personal income tax could be as high as 51% (for an annual income of approx. S$81,000) for many years (even now). The government does not subsidise fuel and currently a litre of 95 petrol cost $2.95 with absolutely no discount or any loyalty program.
Whenever I compare Singapore with the countries that I have worked in previously, I really find it "sweet" to live in Singapore. Of course, one can argue that in a "high-tax welfare" country, the government actually takes care of the basic necessities. But, how well are they managing it? I have seem and experienced enough to have my doubts.