The Big Story: S'pore's $48b Resilience Budget to combat impact of Covid-19 pandemic

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, has reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

Helmed by multimedia correspondent Hairianto Diman, the show airs live from ST's digital studio.

On Thursday's special Budget episode (March 26), we look at the Resilience Budget, a Supplementary Budget aimed at helping Singapore and Singaporeans cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Parliament today, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced measures worth over $48 billion as part of a larger $55 billion package, amounting to 11 per cent of the nation's GDP.

CIMB Private Banking economist Song Seng Wun and Associate Editor of The Straits Times Vikram Khanna discuss the different measures and their implications.

Specifically, they will discuss how the Resilience Budget will help Singaporeans stay employed, aid households, as well as support the heavily impacted aviation and tourism sectors.

Topics covered in previous episodes include an exclusive interview with three Singaporean students in Manchester about their plans to return home after the Education Ministry issued a directive recalling all overseas students at institutes of higher learning, and the experience of a Covid-19 patient in an isolation ward.