SINGAPORE - As Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the 2015 Budget statement in Parliament on Monday, many Singaporeans took to Twitter to voice their opinions. #SGBudget2015 has continued to be in the top trends on Twitter in Singapore a day after the announcements.
Some of the most talked about announcements included the SkillsFuture Credit, the Silver Support Scheme and the exam fee waiver.
From probing questions to tongue-in-cheek jokes, here are some of the interesting tweets from #SGBudget2015.
First interesting policy in #SGBudget2015 . S'poreans to get Sg$500 in credit for adult learning. Can I use it for a wine-tasting course?
— Bhavan Jaipragas (@jbhavan) February 23, 2015
I'd rather they subsidize our transport costs and utilities bills than Skillsfuture fund. #justsaying
— Adrian (@rainnabe) February 23, 2015
All fortune tellers can now use their SkillsFuture credits to make their services more 'zhun'. #sgbudget2015
— jeffcheong (@jeffcheong) February 23, 2015
SkillsFuture is quite a mouthful to pronounce, esp for uncles and aunties. SkillsMe better, everyone knows how to say
— Songhua (@songboh) February 23, 2015
— mrbrown (@mrbrown) February 23, 2015
Apart from my grumbling abt #SGBudget2015 , I'm glad that the older folks are going to receive some support from the government.
— anna b (@kiampah) February 23, 2015
Now you can tell the kids, "you can afford to study more because exam no need money one" #SGBudget2015
— Benjamin Lee (@miyagi) February 23, 2015
— Ang Shang Le (@angshangleeeee) February 23, 2015
Big question: if real median pay has increased six times since 1965, how much has inflation & cost of living increased? #SGBudget2015
— Shah / Kyle Malinda (@firdianshah1) February 23, 2015
Next will be rise in public transport, school buses, hawker prices. Petrol tax affects everyone, not just drivers. #SGBudget2015
— Alex Koh (@hokxela) February 23, 2015
Those drivers who just top up petrol for their cars today afternoon must be damn lucky to siam the petrol duty increase #SGBudget2015
— Darryl Kang (@dk) February 23, 2015
— keenlen (@keenlen) February 23, 2015
"Personal income tax for high earners will rise YA2017" #SGBudget2015 YES! Now I finally have a reason to hentak-kaki in my job forever!
— lupcheong (@lupcheong) February 23, 2015
#SGBudget2015 In line with the fifth Terminator Genisys movie, Singapore will build future T5 at Changi Airport.
— Billy Teo (@BillyTeoYH) February 23, 2015
It's only words, but words are all I have, to take your cash away. #SGBudget2015
— ShunfuMart (@ShunfuMart) February 23, 2015
I know it's the year of the Goat but surely the gahmen doesn't mean for us all to eat grass... #SGBudget2015
— Lynn Chan (@lynnylchan) February 23, 2015
Is there anything in the #SGBudget2015 that actually benefits singles who don't intend to get married, or are we shafted as usual?
— Bryan Huang (@bryanhjq) February 23, 2015
why do all the benefits stop at 4 rm flats? bigger flats are needed for bigger families, not always related to higher income. #SGBudget2015
— freda kwok (@fnkly) February 23, 2015
U MEAN GAHMEN GIVE MAIDS FREE LEVI JEANS?? #SGBudget2015
— Leticia Bongnino (@theREALeticia) February 23, 2015