Budget with bang for every buck

Budget with bang for every buck: From a streaming sea change to shoring up security

The House approved the Supply Bill on Friday, after MPs debated the Budget statement and ministries' spending plans over nine days. It was a Budget crafted the "Singapore Way" - which Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin said entails planning for the long term, unlike some countries which are preoccupied with the present. Royston Sim highlights significant announcements.

Locally grown organic produce on sale at an event at the Marina Barrage last year. Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli unveiled the ambitious target of locally producing almost one-third of the food that Singapore needs by 2030.
Locally grown organic produce on sale at an event at the Marina Barrage last year. Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli unveiled the ambitious target of locally producing almost one-third of the food that Singapore needs by 2030. Singapore currently imports more than 90 per cent of its food.ST FILE PHOTO

Amid the flurry of new policies and initiatives that accompany the Budget debate every year, the boldest this time around was by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.

He announced that his ministry will do away with streaming, 40 years after it was introduced in schools.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'From a streaming sea change to shoring up security'. Subscribe