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Parliament: Long-term fiscal plan, funding for ageing Singapore among key issues in Budget debate

MPs cheer bicentennial and Merdeka giveaways, and raise ideas on specific policies

With 52 MPs, including office-holders, having spoken in two days, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will wrap up the debate on Budget 2019 today. As is customary, the first three days of the two weeks set aside for the Budget are devoted to broad fiscal principles, before MPs go on to scrutinise each ministry's plans.

The two days of debate focused a lot on issues to do with transforming the economy, helping companies climb the innovation ladder and helping workers reskill.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2019, with the headline 'Long-term fiscal plan, funding for ageing S'pore among key issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe