Finance Minister Lawrence Wong will present the 2022 budget statement at 3:30 p.m. on February 18

There will be real-time updates of key speech announcements on the Ministry of Finance’s Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter account. The budget statement will be broadcast live on Channel 5, CNA, CNA938, Capital 958, the CNA website, CNA YouTube, CNA Facebook, 8 World News, 8 World News YouTube, 8 World News Facebook and on MediaCorp’s meWATCH. The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) will also provide simultaneous sign language interpretation of the budget statement on Channel 5.

REVIEW OF THE 2022 BUDGET REPORT

The public can visit the Singapore Budget website and subscribe to receive the full budget report by email after it is delivered. This service will be available for registrations until 2 p.m. on February 18.

The Ministry of Finance and various agencies including REACH and the People’s Association (PA) have been engaging the public in the preparation of the 2022 budget since December last year. After the statement is delivered, the public can submit their views on the budget through various feedback channels.

These include the Singapore Budget website, the REACH Budget website, the REACH Singapore Facebook page and the REACH Singapore Instagram account.

REACH will also hold two virtual Budget Conversations on February 24 and 26, in English and Mandarin respectively.

Second Finance Minister Indranee Rajah will chair the English session, while Communications and Information Minister Josephine Teo will chair the Mandarin session.

In addition, REACH will set up listening points at “high traffic nodes” across Singapore to gather opinions on the budget.

REACH President Tan Kiat How will also be present at both sessions.

Details of these listening points are available on the REACH Budget site. Members of the public can also join the REACH WhatsApp discussion groups to share their comments.

The PA and its grassroots organizations will host post-budget dialogues to engage residents on the 2022 budget measures.

Interested residents can register at go.gov.sg/postbudget2022 until 2 p.m. on February 28.

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, post-budget outreach and engagement plans may be adjusted to ensure public health. Updates will be posted by the Ministry of Finance, REACH and PA on their websites or social media.

2022 BUDGET WILL HELP SINGAPOREANS MANAGE THE COST OF LIVING AND PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR STILL-STRUCKING SECTORS: FINANCE MINISTER

This year’s budget will address concerns about “more immediate issues” like the cost of living and provide support to sectors facing hardship due to COVID-19, Wong said in a speech last week.

“In this context, we know that some sectors continue to experience difficulties. For these sectors, we will provide support. We will also help Singaporeans manage concerns about more immediate issues like the cost of living.

“We are encouraged that the budget is taking place amid a strong and steady recovery in the economy,” Wong said.

The government will “look ahead” and focus on measures that will put Singapore in a “stronger position” after the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

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Dorothy H. Lewis