Budget speech to be delivered at 3.30pm next Monday

Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam arriving at Parliament to deliver the Budget speech in February 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam arriving at Parliament to deliver the Budget speech in February 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The 2015 Singapore Budget statement will be delivered at 3.30pm next Monday (Feb 23), by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

For the first time, there will be simultaneous sign language interpretation of the Budget speech, provided by the Singapore Association for the Deaf, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Monday.

There will also be real-time updates of key announcements from the speech on the MOF Facebook page and the MOF Twitter account. All Budget-related tweets and postings will be tagged #SGBudget2015.

The public can also access information on the Budget via the "Budget 2015" mobile app, which is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Those who wish to tune in to the sign language interpretation may select the relevant option on the Budget website or mobile app, MOF said.

The Budget speech will also be broadcast "live" over Channel NewsAsia, with Mandarin interpretation on dual sound mode, and over the radio on 938Live.

A "live" webcast of the speech will also be available on the Singapore Budget Website, on the Channel NewsAsia website, and on MediaCorp's Toggle interactive service.

The public can submit their views on the announced Budget initiatives via the Singapore Budget website, or through Reach.

The department has various channels for feedback including a Budget microsite, Facebook page, Twitter, e-mail, mail and a toll-free hotline 1800-353-5555 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.45pm).

It will organise a few post-Budget feedback sessions from Feb 26 to Mar 5. For more details, the public can send an e-mail to reach@reach.gov.sg.