Heng to deliver Budget speech on Feb 19

Singapore's Budget statement for 2018 will be delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Singapore's Budget statement for 2018 will be delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. PHOTO: MOF

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver Singapore's Budget statement for this year on Feb 19 at 3.30pm in Parliament.

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

MOF is partnering the Singapore Association for the Deaf to provide simultaneous sign language interpretation of the speech on the website. In addition, there will be real-time updates of key announcements in the speech on the MOF Facebook page and Twitter account.

The public may use the hashtag #SGBudget2018 to view Budget-related tweets and postings.

The Straits Times will be covering the Budget live, with real-time updates and live streaming at www.straitstimes.com

There will also be videos explaining key Budget announcements as well as a special-edition e-mail newsletter. In addition, there will be more Budget stories on ST's Budget microsite at str.sg/budget2018.

The speech will also be broadcast live on Channel NewsAsia and 938Now, Channel NewsAsia's website, and Mediacorp's Toggle.

The public can subscribe to the Budget statement mailing list to receive the full Budget statement via e-mail after it has been delivered. They can sign up for the service from now until Thursday.

There are various feedback channels for people to submit their views on the Budget measures after the speech has been delivered.

These channels include the Singapore Budget website, Reach discussion forum, Reach Budget microsite, Reach Singapore Facebook page and Reach's toll-free hotline 1800-353-5555.

Reach will be organising a Budget 2018 Conversation on Feb 20, hosted by Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah and Reach chairman Sam Tan.

On Feb 28, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim will chair the Reach-Berita Harian Budget 2018 Conversation in Malay.

The public can participate in a Budget 2018 Facebook Q&A session on the Reach Facebook page on March 1 from 8pm to 9pm.

To give feedback in person, the public can visit Reach's Listening Points at booths across the island on various days from Feb 21 to March 4. Some of these booths are at One Raffles Place, River Hongbao Pets Fiesta at The Float @ Marina Bay and Teck Whye Market Square.

• For more details, e-mail Reach at reach@reach.gov.sg or visit the Reach Budget 2018 microsite.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2018, with the headline 'Heng to deliver Budget speech on Feb 19'. Print Edition | Subscribe