Budget speech to start at 3.30pm on Feb 18

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver the Budget 2019 statement in Parliament from 3.30pm next Monday.

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) and government feedback unit Reach said in a joint statement yesterday that a live webcast of the Budget speech will be available on the Singapore Budget website.

The MOF is also partnering the Singapore Association for the Deaf to provide simultaneous sign language interpretation of the Budget speech on the site.

There will be real-time updates of key announcements from the Budget speech on the MOF's Facebook page and Twitter account.

The Budget speech will be broadcast live on Channel NewsAsia and 938NOW, on the Channel NewsAsia website and on Mediacorp's Toggle interactive service.

The public may visit the Singapore Budget website and subscribe to receive the full Budget statement via e-mail after it has been delivered. This service will be available for sign-ups until noon on Friday.

Updates on the Budget will also be available via the MOF's WhatsApp and Telegram channels. The public can get details on how to sign up for these services on the Singapore Budget website.


  • • Get real-time updates and watch live streaming on straitstimes.com on Feb 18.

    • Receive a special-edition Budget newsletter. To get the newsletter, sign up for ST Evening Update at http://str.sg/newsletters

    • For more stories, visit the Budget microsite at str.sg/budget2019

Following the delivery of the Budget 2019 statement, the public can submit their views on the Budget through various feedback channels.

These channels are:

•the Singapore Budget website

•Reach's Budget microsite

•Reach Singapore's Facebook and Twitter (@REACH_Singapore)

•Reach's e-mail address at reach@reach.gov.sg

•Reach's toll-free hotline on 1800-353-5555 from 8.30am to 5.45pm on weekdays, and also via SMS on 9-SPEAK-UP (9-77325-87).


In addition, Reach will be conducting a series of radio talk shows and dialogues to discuss the Budget 2019 measures. These will take place from Feb 19 to 23.

Those interested in attending the dialogues may register at Reach's Budget 2019 microsite or e-mail reach@reach.gov.sg.

The public can also provide their feedback at Reach Listening Points, which are booths for Singaporeans to give their views in person. These booths are open for three hours at each location between Feb 20 and March 3.

This initiative will kick off at the Singapore University of Technology and Design canteen and the National University of Singapore School of Business from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Feb 20.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2019, with the headline 'Budget speech to start at 3.30pm on Feb 18'. Print Edition | Subscribe