Singaporeans can give feedback for Budget 2018 from Dec 4

Singaporeans keen to have a say in the upcoming Budget 2018 will be able to give their feedback.
Singaporeans keen to have a say in the upcoming Budget 2018 will be able to give their feedback. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans keen to have a say in the upcoming Budget 2018 will be able to give their feedback from Monday (Dec 4).

The Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Sunday (Dec 3) that it hopes to gather views and suggestions from individuals, households and businesses on issues including "how our businesses can compete, how our people can seize new opportunities, how we care for and support one another, and how we plan for future needs".

The public can offer feedback through various channels, including online at government feedback unit Reach's Pre-Budget 2018 microsite.

Singaporeans can also go to nine Listening Points across the island. These are open booths where suggestions can be given in person.

The booths will be located in easily-accessible public areas such as the Cheng San Market and Cooked Food Centre, Jurong West 505 Market and Food Centre, Lau Pa Sat, Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, Tanjong Pagar Plaza and Singapore Management University.

A Pre-Budget 2018 Conversation will also be held on Dec 5.

It will be hosted by Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, and Reach chairman Sam Tan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Manpower.

There will also be a live Facebook Q&A session on Jan 4, from 8pm to 9pm, on Reach's Facebook page.

This will be chaired by Mr Liang Eng Hwa, the chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Finance and Trade and Industry, and Ms Cheryl Chan, a member of the GPC.

More details are available on the Singapore Budget website.

Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat said that Government's investments in education, healthcare and in the neighbourhoods has provided Singaporeans with a higher quality of life.

"We are enhancing Goverment support and building stronger community networks to better care for and support one another," he said.

"We will also continue to invest in our economic transformation and infrastructure, so that Singaporeans can benefit from Asia's growth and technological progress."

The feedback exercise will last six weeks and close on Jan 12.