Finance Ministry's top civil servant recalls a rollercoaster year

Permanent Secretary for Finance Tan Ching Yee said Covid-19 was not a situation for which there had been a "full-dress rehearsal".
Permanent Secretary for Finance Tan Ching Yee said Covid-19 was not a situation for which there had been a "full-dress rehearsal".ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - To fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has dedicated almost $100 billion across four Budgets this year.

While there were measures in the first Unity Budget in February to help families with the longstanding issue of cost of living, as the pandemic progressed, it became clear that more had to be done to keep Singaporeans' and businesses' heads above water, said Permanent Secretary for Finance Tan Ching Yee.

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