Budget Debate 2018

Eight-day Budget debate put focus on Singapore's future and 4G leaders

MPs filed 530 ''cuts'', or questions, for the 16 ministries, and were allocated 52 hours to deliver them, the longest over the past five years.
MPs filed 530 ''cuts'', or questions, for the 16 ministries, and were allocated 52 hours to deliver them, the longest over the past five years. PHOTO: GOV.SG/SCREENGRAB

The Budget debate that ended last week painted a clear, long-term vision of Singapore's future, agree analysts and observers. Insight also asks what they thought of the quality of the cut and thrust - and of the performance of the PAP's and WP's 4G leaders

The debate over Budget 2018 was notable for several landmarks.

MPs filed 530 "cuts", or questions, for the 16 ministries, and were allocated 52 hours to deliver them, the longest over the past five years. This did not include the 2½-day debate on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat's Budget statement.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline ' Eight-day debate put focus on S'pore's future and 4G leaders'. Print Edition | Subscribe