COVID-19 Budget: President, political office holders to take 3 months pay cut — DPM Heng

Heng Swee Keat presenting Budget 2020 in Parliament, 18 Feb. (Source: Screen shot from MOF video)
Heng Swee Keat presenting Budget 2020 in Parliament, 18 Feb. (Source: Screen shot from MOF video)

SINGAPORE — The President and all political office holders will be taking a total pay cut of three months in a show of solidarity with Singaporeans amid the immense challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Thursday (26 March).

The announcement by Heng, when he unveiled a $48 billion Resilience Budget to combat the pandemic in Parliament, comes almost a month after he revealed that President Halimah Yacob and all political office holders would take a one month pay cut in his Budget 2020 speech on 28 February.

Heng said on Thursday, “The government and the political leadership are in this with Singaporeans. We share the worries and anxieties of Singaporeans, and we will do our best for them. We will walk with every Singaporean, through every up and down.”

Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin along with Deputy Speakers Charles Chong and Lim Biow Chuan will also be taking a three-month pay cut, said Heng.

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