SINGAPORE — The government is seeking feedback and suggestions from Singaporeans ahead of Budget 2020, which is due to be presented next February.
“Individuals, households, and businesses are welcome to provide feedback on topics such as business growth, training and employment, support for families, and support for seniors,” said a joint statement from the Ministry of Finance (MOF), government feedback arm Reach and People’s Association (PA) released on Sunday (1 December).
“In the spirit of SG Together, we are seeking public views on longer-term issues,” the statement added.
During the six-week feedback period from 2 December 2019 to 10 January 2020, Singaporeans can submit their views both in person and through online channels.
The statement also listed five thematic questions on which it is seeking the public’s responses: support for families; support for seniors; work training and employment; business growth, innovation and costs; as well as security and external relations.
An additional question posed by the government to potential respondents is: “How can we form stronger partnerships to address future opportunities and challenges facing Singapore?”
Urging Singaporeans to share their views, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the country needs to prepare itself to “ride new waves by continuing to build our capabilities and transform our economy”.
“At the same time, we remain committed to strengthening support for fellow Singaporeans, so that we can all progress together. This is how we will build our nation – where every Singaporean has a strong sense of belonging and a part to play in realising our shared future,” he added.
Avenues to provide feedback
Singaporeans who plan to submit their views on Budget 2020 in person can do so through the following channels:
Reach Listening Points, which will be set up in prominent areas such as Toa Payoh HDB HUB and Raffles Place. (Click here for details)
A Pre-Budget 2020 Dialogue event on 3 December, which will see Second Minister for Finance and Education Indranee Rajah and Reach chairman Sam Tan in attendance. (Click here for details and registration)
Ask Kopi Kakis kiosks set up at 25 locations across the island. (Click here and scroll down for a full list of kiosk locations and timings)
Those seeking to give their feedback online can also do so via the following sites and pages:
Singapore Budget website (https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/budget_2020)
Reach Budget microsite (www.reach.gov.sg/budget2020)
Reach Singapore Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/REACHSingapore)
Reach Singapore Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/reachsg/)
Reach Singapore Feedback Form (www.reach.gov.sg/about-us/contact-us/feedback-form)
Updates and other releases on Budget 2020 are also available on the MOF’s Budget website.
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