Call for public to give feedback on Budget 2017

Singaporeans can now give their views on the upcoming Budget 2017.

The Ministry of Finance said it is keen to gather feedback from individuals, households and businesses "on issues such as how we can best develop Singaporeans, support families and help local companies grow through innovation and internationalisation".

The public can give their views through various channels.

They can submit their views online from today at government feedback unit Reach's microsite at www.reach.gov.sg/budget2017.

Singaporeans can also give feedback in person at Listening Points across the island.

These pop-up booths will be located at easily accessible public areas such as the Marine Parade Central Promenade, Chevron House, Our Tampines Hub and Hougang Hawker Centre.

Details are available on the Reach microsite.

The government feedback unit will also host a Pre-Budget 2017 Conversation on Wednesday, to allow members of the public to discuss ideas. The event will be attended by Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah, as well as Reach supervisory panel vice-chairman Vikram Nair.

There will also be an online question-and-answer session on Jan 4 from 8pm to 9.30pm on Reach's Facebook page (www.facebook. com/REACHSingapore).

This will be chaired by Mr Liang Eng Hwa, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade and Industry, and Ms Foo Mee Har, a member of the committee.

Reach can be contacted on Twitter at @REACH_Singapore, via e-mail at reach@reach.gov.sg, or on the toll-free hotline 1800-353-5555.

The feedback exercise will close on Jan 13.

The Budget 2017 website is now up at www.singaporebudget.gov.sg.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2016, with the headline 'Call for public to give feedback on Budget 2017'. Print Edition | Subscribe