Tag: Budget 2019

“We no longer believe you” – Singaporeans criticise Tan Chuan-Jin’s claim that Budget 2019 was not an ‘election budget’

Several Singaporeans have criticised Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin's claim that Budget 2019 is not an 'election budget'. As many Singaporeans expected, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat revealed details of the Merdeka Generation Package and unveiled a Bicentennial Bonus that includes a one-off cash sum...

Why Budget 2019 may be the prequel to the real election budget

Budget 2019 was definitely a 4G show. But I do not quite think it was one tailored directly to sweeten the ground for an immediate general election. It was more like unabashedly paving the way for a later, more election-geared budget, despite what Speaker...

“The right tools for the right needs,” Minister Heng on different measures for growth

Defending tax hikes, responding to questions on Budget surpluses, and convincing the House that utilisation of government debt will be "disciplined and prudent", Mr. Heng eloquently outlined the different methods that the government will employ in order to finance spending in his Budget debate...

Mental health should be prioritised and not stigmatised, says NMP Anthea Ong

Singapore – Amidst the numerous challenges the country is facing such as ageing, inequality, social mobility, economic transformation, and climate change, there is an issue that has not been discussed throughout the Budget 2019 debate – mental health and well-being. Nominated MP Anthea Ong...

After PGP and MGP, young Singaporeans must reject handouts and demand the best education and jobs

Budget 2019 did not quite turn out to be Heng Swee Keat’s Budget. Maybe the next one would be his defining show. But that Budget cannot be more of the same, it must be an exceptional one. Because Heng has been identified as Singapore’s next...

“It is not possible for one budget to cover everyone in Singapore” – Heng Swee Keat

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat repeatedly stressed during the Budget 2019 Forum this week that "it is not possible for one budget to cover everyone in Singapore," as he answered questions on this year's budget from a live audience. On Monday, Heng delivered his annual...

The Govt will not absorb GST for essential items to help low-middle income families: Heng Swee Keat

The day after he laid out the Government's economic plan for 2019, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat fielded questions on the budget on Channel NewsAsia's Budget 2019 Forum, that was broadcast live on national television and on Facebook. In the forum, Heng confirmed that the...

The budget is bad! So say 43% of Singaporeans – Lim Tean

A Yahoo poll showed that almost half (43%) of Singapore thought that the recent Budget allocations announced by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat were bad, only 7% thought it was good while the rest viewed it as mediocre. According to Lim Tean, chairman of the...

Singaporeans troll Indranee Rajah for suggesting “automation such as conveyor belts in sushi restaurants, can help businesses cut down on manpower costs”

After the reading of 2019’s Budget by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday, Feb 18, Singaporeans seem to be divided on some of the new schemes. When Second Minister for Finance and Education Indranee Rajah spoke on radio station 938Now's Talkback show about the...

Video of Chan Chun Sing blasting opposition for offering voters S$300 during election resurfaces, a day after Heng Swee Keat announces Bicentennial bonus

Some Singaporeans are sharing an old video of Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing blasting the opposition for offering voters $300 during the last election, a day after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the Bicentennial Bonus that will be given to all...