Heng Swee Keat

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Heng Swee Keat said : "The PAP will not leave anyone behind," External link

AsiaOne Monday, November 11, 2019 3:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our commitment to Singaporeans is that even as we create new opportunities, we will tackle inequality, so that no one will be shut out of opportunities, or left behind by progress," "As long as you are willing and able to work hard, we will support you to make a better life for yourself and your family. This has been the PAP's promise to each generation" External link

AsiaOne Monday, November 11, 2019 3:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “But if I don’t bring it up, the opposition parties definitely will, so it’s better that you hear it from me,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “that would not be the honest thing to do” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The responsible thing to do is to be upfront, and tell people that it will happen. This is what integrity means. We don’t hide from difficult truths,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Court Judge ) : "There are serious issues of probity, accountability and the handling of public funds that must be addressed now even while the appeal is being dealt with. There is a judgement of the High Court which stands until the appeal is heard" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All that this House is asking, is for Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang to recuse themselves from dealing with or having oversight over financial matters, until the court case is concluded,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “Will they at long last be conducting their own investigation? Or will they continue to duck, dodge and deny?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “They have to uphold these principles even when it is politically inconvenient to do so and we need to do this, whether you are a government or opposition MP, whether you represent a constituency in Parliament, or are an NCMP or NMP,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “there had never been any intention to call a tender in the first place” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To guarantee FMSS’s appointment, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang waived the tender, even though the law required it,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “knowingly allowed Mr Pritam Singh to mislead Parliament” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “We now know this to be false. The Court found that How Weng Fan had been heavily involved since early May 2011,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sylvia Lim ) : “the WP MPs - and Ms Sylvia Lim in particular - made excuses” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Among the Workers’ Party Town Councillors, they had one experienced town councillor who had been Chairman of another Town Council for 20 years, and they had three lawyers,” “They should have known that a tender could only be waived under very special circumstances – and they should also have known that these special circumstances did not exist when they waived tender in this case” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “When the Workers’ Party leaders let their own MPs mislead Parliament on their behalf, what does this say about the Workers’ Party’s integrity and values?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Ms How Weng Fan and Mr Danny Loh were the very officers and shareholders whose appointment was to be approved without tender, and here were Mr Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim asking them to draft and comment on a report concerning their own appointment,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We now know this to be false. The Court found that How Weng Fan had been heavily involved since early May 2011, soon after the General Election, in setting up FMSS and in the plot to keep CPG in the dark,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All that this House is asking, is for Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang to recuse themselves from dealing with or having oversight over financial matters, until the court case is concluded,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sylvia Lim ) : “the WP MPs - and Ms Sylvia Lim in particular - made excuses” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “Will they at long last be conducting their own investigation? Or will they continue to duck, dodge and deny?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “They have to uphold these principles even when it is politically inconvenient to do so and we need to do this, whether you are a government or opposition MP, whether you represent a constituency in Parliament, or are an NCMP or NMP,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “there had never been any intention to call a tender in the first place” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To guarantee FMSS’s appointment, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang waived the tender, even though the law required it,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “knowingly allowed Mr Pritam Singh to mislead Parliament” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “We now know this to be false. The Court found that How Weng Fan had been heavily involved since early May 2011,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Hence, we take a great interest in the future of the maritime industry, and we want to contribute to the development of the maritime community,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This ( [email protected] ) will be rolled out progressively from December this year, and is estimated to save the industry 100,000 man-hours per year,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We also hope to make [email protected] interoperable beyond Singapore’s shores, so that industry players can gain greater operational efficiency,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The first tanker will be delivered in the third quarter of 2020. This will coincide with the anticipated increase in LNG demand, as more ocean-going LNG-fuelled vessels come into operation and call at our port,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Moving beyond standardised products and mass manufacturing, this will enable manufacturers to address specific customer needs," External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "the various nodes of the advanced manufacturing ecosystem together, into a single district to create a one-stop campus" External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "South-east Asia is well-positioned to be a regional manufacturing powerhouse, and the home for factories of the future" External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We want to enable wider access to SIRI, so that it is not just a platform for Singapore and our companies, but also for the region," External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are at a state of the global economy where there are significant weaknesses,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Liu He ) : "Vice Premier Liu He shares the view which we have also articulated publicly that the US-China trade conflict is negative for both countries and for the world and the earlier that there is some resolution to it, the better it is for the whole world," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "I think it is not realistic to expect that a whole range of issues will be resolved in a few meetings. Some are fairly long-term issues that will take time to resolve," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Being able to agree on a number of key areas will be important progress and in turn that will provide for greater confidence to investors, not just in the US and China, but all around the world,” “I think the restoration of global confidence is important for investors. It is important for us to tackle these longer-term challenges and important for us to harness the use of better technology in the coming years” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Take for example Minister Desmond Lee. Yesterday was my first visit to Tianjin but it was his third visit. He's been there because he's been a deputy for some of the meetings already. So he's not alien to them,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are at a state of the global economy where there are significant weaknesses,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Budget 2020 is coming up in a few months’ time and we will continue to monitor the state of the global economy and there are many sectors in our economy that are still growing,” “So you see, while overall there is weakness, you see fairly uneven performances across the different areas. But we are not at the stage where we need to amount to extraordinary measures. So what we need to continue to focus on, is on structural policies” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So you take for example Minister Desmond Lee. Yesterday was my first visit to Tianjin but it was his third visit. He's been there because he's been a deputy for some of the meetings already. So he's not alien to them,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I think that the fourth industrial revolution is coming – we are at a very early stage. But the earlier we prepare for it, the better we are able to ride this wave of growth,” “What I am hoping to do is to get businesses and business leaders to be much more involved in thinking about these issues and working together even as they compete with one another” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “They've all been involved in various ways. So the engagements did not just start,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Being able to agree on a number of key areas will be important progress and in turn that will provide for greater confidence to investors, not just in the US and China, but all around the world,” “I think the restoration of global confidence is important for investors. It is important for us to tackle these longer-term challenges and important for us to harness the use of better technology in the coming years” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The party has a policy of regular renewal of our Members of Parliament and political office holders, so we have been searching and interviewing a whole range of candidates,” “I would say we have a fairly good slate, but of course until the election itself, we will continue looking for candidates so we can have a stronger team in the coming years” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There is a lot of benefit because we are working with various parties to try different ways in which we can pilot new ideas and look at how we can bring it to scale,” “In that way, what is tried here can be brought back to Singapore, and what is tried in Singapore can be extended to other places. In fact, we can look at how these projects which we are doing can be extended to many other parts of the world” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Singapore is an excellent testbed for many of these new developments and innovation. But to realise its full potential, we will have to extend this across the whole world and in particular, Asia,” “Asia is going through a period of rapid urbanisation. What works in one city is likely to be useful to many other cities around the world. For us, if we put a strong emphasis on what works for Singapore, then I think we have many opportunities to extend our solutions to others” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The phrase he used was duyi wuer (unique and unmatched)," "This is something that both sides value, and we would like to take this forward" External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “By promoting the flow of people, we not only create more opportunities for collaboration for business leaders to meet one another and to explore new business models, but it also promotes deeper understanding between people in both regions. "This is an important aspect of promoting more stable and peaceful global development,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, October 4, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I think we should build confidence in the benefits of free trade, in the benefits of deeper economic integration and in the process we also learn how to work together with one another, make many structural changes in our economy,” “With the pace of technological development, and with the pace of change at the global level learning how we can make important structural adjustments and prepare our people for that will be key to further progress and development” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, October 4, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There are major changes in the global economy. In some parts of the world, there is a great desire to retreat from globalization and, in some parts, there is a great desire to integrate our economy better to have better specialization and division of labour, and how, through that, we can raise productive efficiency of the resources we have. That is one aspect,” “We are seeing growing inequality in terms of wealth and income, both within countries and across countries. We are seeing a lot of concerns about the impact of economic growth on sustainable development, on the environment,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 4, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All of us are suffering economic damage. It’s quite unprecedented,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 4, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "He was such a great leader and a great father of the nation. He is an inspiration for all humanity. His commitment towards non-violence, his belief in the oneness of mankind and his simplicity are great. I have immense respect for him and I am honoured to be here on this very special occasion," External link

business-standard Wednesday, October 2, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on the state of the economy, we have various scenarios in which we are ready to step in when the time comes. I do not foresee a need for an extraordinary budget at this stage” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 27, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Many of us have been working together when I entered politics in 2011 but at the same time, I am hoping for more to join us,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 27, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are in discussions and when the time comes, he will announce it. But it’s progressing well and I am happy with the progress that we're making,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 27, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “fraying of the social compact that holds societies together” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Unless some of the fundamental tensions across society are resolved, all will find it difficult to weather these (economic) challenges,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These sentiments are consistent with those of young people all around the world, many of whom are demanding a larger role in civic society and the political process,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will make sure that no one is excluded from opportunities because of their backgrounds or circumstances,” “As economic disruption becomes more frequent, people who suffer setbacks will require concerted efforts to get back on track. This is not easy, but if we do this right, we will be able to deliver broad-based progress for our people” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “For instance, we have put in place measures to ensure that race and religion do not divide us. We ensure that there is a good racial mix in our housing estates to avoid segregation. We enacted laws to maintain our racial and religious harmony, and to safeguard the rights of minorities,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat replied : "continues to believe in free trade, globalisation, in the division of labour" External link

business-times Friday, September 20, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat replied : "continues to believe in free trade, globalisation, in the division of labour" External link

business-times Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's latest investment here is in line with its strategic perspective, because the future of the global semiconductor industry is bright, despite the slowdown today" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's investments here affirm our approach to the economy - one that is both pro-business and pro-worker" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's latest investment here is in line with its strategic perspective, because the future of the global semiconductor industry is bright, despite the slowdown today" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's investments here affirm our approach to the economy - one that is both pro-business and pro-worker" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “abide by the principles which have won the trust of generations of Singaporeans” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I’m happy to see more women in political leadership and we must build on this,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The PAP’s policy of meritocracy has been a great equaliser for women as it open doors to equal education and equal opportunity,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I’M CERTAIN WE CAN DO BETTER" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “E-commerce is going to change the shape of how buildings are going to be used,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat recalled : “We don’t like the assumption that they made that teachers are redundant and can be made redundant,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Now when you think about it, did (tech) create or destroy jobs? No, it changed the nature of jobs,” “Jobs will change in many, many areas and jobs (that) are redundant ought to be gotten rid of. But our job is then to re-train workers so that they can access new and better jobs,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While the global demand for semiconductors has weakened this year, we must continue to invest for the longer term and strengthen our ecosystem," "This way, we will be ready to harness new opportunities when the global demand picks up" External link

business-times Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:24:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will need to continue to strengthen our semiconductor ecosystem. This includes closer collaboration between semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers, many of which are small medium enterprises. Companies like Micron work with an entire range of suppliers, from equipment vendors, to gas suppliers to precision welders for gas pipes" External link

zdnet Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This includes closer collaboration between semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers, many of which are small- and medium-sized enterprises," "We must continue to invest for the longer term and strengthen our ecosystem. This way, we will be ready to harness new opportunities when the global demand picks up" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "No doubt the global semiconductor industry is experiencing headwinds this year due to global market uncertainties," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "And what was most helpful to me was that I have in MAS, officers who were Muslim, who went along with me. They were teaching me all the dos and don'ts," External link

straitstimesSG Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While the global demand for semiconductors has weakened this year, we must continue to invest for the longer term and strengthen our ecosystem," "This way, we will be ready to harness new opportunities when the global demand picks up" External link

business-times Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Every day when you open the newspaper, you'll find conflict of one form or another in at least one of the pages, which is linked to either race, language or religion,” "So for us to maintain harmony in a society that is so multiracial, multicultural and multireligious, is always an act in progress" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 12, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “on solving the problem rather than on deciding who is right,” External link

csmonitor Friday, August 9, 2019 10:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All states benefit from an international world order that is based on the rule of law. It allows for predictability and the management of relations and issues based on agreed principles,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Mediation is cheaper and faster. It preserves harmony and business relationships, which is in line with many cultures, particularly in Asia,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Beyond structuring these projects well at the onset, it is equally important to have good dispute resolution mechanisms that can resolve issues when they arise across the lifetime of the projects,” “Mediation is therefore a good option for such disputes, because it focuses on solving the problem rather than on deciding who is right. It seeks to resolve the problem in a way that will preserve relationships and allow the project to go on,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “One of my colleagues from an ASEAN member state was telling me that in the past, if you’re a very good village craftsman, and you make an excellent piece of artwork, (it) is limited to the local market,” “But with e-commerce, with e-payments, if we have a proper system of doing this across the whole of ASEAN, the market is 650 (million) to 660 million people” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, July 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Every ASEAN member state has something unique, whether in terms of its history, its culture, its heritage, or its range of activities and certainly food. It is therefore very useful for us to encourage people to travel, to visit one another, to learn more about each other's history, culture and heritage, and to have a taste of what life is like today,” “In that way, we can promote better people-to-people understanding among ASEAN, encourage our students to come together, to work together, to learn together … (and) promote a better understanding among all our people in ASEAN,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, July 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As long as we work on the basis of a win-win outcome and work on the basis that we abide by international rules and norms and regulations, I think we can find practical ways to resolve any differences,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, July 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “better ideas and ability to deliver results” “We fundamentally disagree with Tan but of course he's entitled to his opinion, just as all Singaporeans are entitled to opinions,” External link

themalaymailonline Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We fundamentally disagree with Dr Tan. But of course he is entitled to his opinions, just as all Singaporeans are entitled to opinions,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 28, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In some ways, Dr Tan contradicted himself. He said that there's no transparency but at the same time he attacked the fact that the issue of Oxley Road was raised in Parliament," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, July 27, 2019 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We know that trust between the people and their leaders cannot be inherited. And the 4G team will have to do so at a time when our politics has become increasingly more contested," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 24, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This bond of trust (between the PAP government and Singaporeans) can easily be lost if we ever become careless or complacent," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 24, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "They are diverse not only in terms of gender, but also feature an appropriate balance of expertise, skills and age," "This is important - we must not judge diversity only in form, with set parameters like gender, age or background. Rather, what matters is diversity in substance - whether the board has enough members with the range of expertise, experience and judgement" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As the business environment becomes more complex and challenging, businesses that collaborate are likely to do better," "Large players can collaborate with SMEs to adopt the latest technologies and build new capabilities. By partnering larger companies, SMEs can also better manage common challenges when venturing into new markets" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "reflects the heightened uncertainties and risks in the global economy" External link

business-times Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "We must continue to focus on the medium and long term, even as we tackle the short-term challenges posed by the current economic cycle and help those affected" External link

business-times Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “The Future Economy Council will continue with our industry transformation plans, build stronger enterprise capabilities, and make the most of the opportunities around us,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, July 12, 2019 11:51:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Future Economy Council will continue with our industry transformation plans, build stronger enterprise capabilities, and make the most of the opportunities around us," External link

straitstimesSG Friday, July 12, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will pool together each organisation’s expertise and resources, to increase the chances for successful commercialisation,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “ADB has estimated that developing Asia will need US$1.7 trillion (RM7.02 trillion) per year in infrastructure investments until 2030 to maintain the region’s growth momentum. To meet this need, governments will need to work with multi-lateral development banks to make projects bankable and investible in order to draw in private capital,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will pool together each organisation’s expertise and resources, to increase the chances for successful commercialisation,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Together, we can think of new ways to tap on science to develop innovative solutions and help users adopt them, so that we can all benefit,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These are important areas of materials science that can have important applications. Researchers in Singapore are applying them in areas such as solar cells, biological membranes, additive manufacturing and batteries,” “Singapore is applying them in impactful technologies such as solar cells, biological membranes, additive manufacturing and batteries” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This important link sees basic science being translated in innovative ways to deliver new, improved materials. This helps to keep Singapore's manufacturing sector relevant,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our racial and religious demographics shift, so too, must our approach to building bridges and encouraging discourse,” "We should use this opportunity to deepen mutual understanding" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 21, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “I hope our young people in particular, who are digital natives, will go out and rebut these falsehoods, or erroneous views which are being spread, and our social media space can become a constructive space,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 21, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "Global food security is becoming an increasingly pressing issue," "We will require new and innovative ways to meet these needs sustainably" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I believe that trust between the people and the Government is absolutely essential. And the best way to win your trust is to first trust you with the truth - no matter how hard or unpopular," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, June 17, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is how my team and I will take Singapore forward - by charting our future together, levelling with you, expanding the common space, and journeying towards a better future," "This is how we will build a society where every Singaporean has a strong sense of belonging, and a part to play in building our shared future together" External link

straitstimesSG Monday, June 17, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As long as your heart is for the good of Singapore and Singaporeans, we will work with anyone," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I’m glad to hear that there’s such interest in this, and whether we become a more inclusive society depends very much not just on what the Government can do but what every one of us can do," "But certainly the Government needs to take the lead in some of these efforts. So, I will reflect this to my colleagues for them to take a look at what specific things we can do" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “even more caring, gracious, kind and cohesive community” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:19:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will be frank about the challenges we face, the trade-offs we will have to make, the hard truths confronting us,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:19:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “The best way to win (Singaporeans’) trust is to first trust you with the truth - no matter how hard or unpopular,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:19:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “How we invest and how we respond to these pressures will determine whether Asia’s growth is sustainable,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We hope to grow this to better meet Asia’s needs for protection against disasters,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So far, over S$6 billion worth of green bonds have been issued here and we aim to further scale this up over time,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The world is facing major challenges in sustainable development,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Cooperation among countries and cities will help us to strengthen connectivity and achieve longer-term environmental, economic and infrastructural sustainability,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Infrastructure projects are long term and highly capital intensive,” “We have to plan and structure these projects properly, to ensure resource efficiency, economic viability and social impact over their long lifespan” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have to balance between meeting short-term and longer term needs. Building the leadership pipeline is core to this endeavour. " External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Stewardship at its crux is about engaged, responsible and meaningful value creation over the long term,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “It is still possible for both sides to resolve their differences,” “Fundamentally, the US and China will need to rebuild trust in their relationship” External link

ChinaPost Friday, May 31, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As both the US and China harden their positions, there are fears that the global order will end up in another Cold War. However, the context of U.S.-China tensions is fundamentally different from the Cold War,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, May 31, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Asia Conference ) : “Asia’s strategic weight is growing,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, May 31, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “U.S. needs to adjust and recognize that while China is a competitor, it is also a valuable partner, which can share the responsibility of providing international public goods,” “Both sides must make an effort to avoid escalation by managing their domestic politics. Each party needs to understand the domestic constraints and red lines of the other side for negotiations to be constructive” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Friday, May 31, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Singapore is always looking forward to contributing to the G-20," External link

japantoday Friday, May 31, 2019 1:38:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “U.S. needs to adjust and recognize that while China is a competitor, it is also a valuable partner, which can share the responsibility of providing international public goods,” External link

aa-en Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Besides the trade war, we are also going to be faced with very rapid changes in technology,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is of utmost importance and we must focus our minds and our energies on this,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Everyone expresses hope that this can be resolved in time to come. But at the same time there is also a preparation that the Chinese people would have to stay resilient if the trade war escalates further,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There is a recognition that it is to no one’s benefit,” “The effects on the regional and global economy will be very negative but this is not an issue that can be resolved immediately” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “That is the only way that we can add value, and we must raise our capability and continue to be valuable and useful, and to be able to understand the cultures and systems all around us so that we can play a useful role,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “DPM Heng and Party Secretary Li expressed confidence that Singapore and Guangdong can build on the positive momentum in bilateral relations to further strengthen ties,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 26, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The fact that you have spent so much time with us shows the importance and attention given to our bilateral relations,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "DPM Heng and Vice Premier Han reaffirmed the strong, multi-faceted and longstanding relations between our two countries," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It will help me to understand the developments in all these new areas, including the Greater Bay Area," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "How do we keep the consensus and how do we mobilise our people to come together to deal with short-term challenges, as well as longer term challenges and opportunities," “That I would say is the biggest challenge. Keeping Singapore united, cohesive and forward-looking is critical to our future” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It complicates many, many calculations by many business leaders. It creates great uncertainty among investors everywhere around the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is going to become more challenging as you see the support for globalisation around the world is coming down,” “It is declining because people feel that the benefits of globalisation have not benefited them” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "the global supply chain evolves to adapt to structural changes happening all around the world," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "has helped to catalyze developments all around China," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I believe that this is important for us to build a more stable and prosperous world in the coming years," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Well, our biggest challenge that we need to address is to build a sense of unity amidst this tremendous changes that are going on around us" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our own population is coming down and as our young people are better educated, some have chosen to stay single. It is the same phenomenon that we see in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Many of us, myself included, have been on record saying that the Government cannot possibly have all the answers to all of the problems and that is why we have to mobilise our society to resolve many of these issues," "And beyond just resolving the issue, it is also a sense of ownership that as a citizen, I can do what is right and I choose as a citizen to contribute in different ways" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : "The idea that the private market can do everything and therefore, create growth, and that free, open competition alone will be sufficient to assure a good outcome is not something I believe in," "I don’t agree with that. I believe governments around the world do have important roles" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In the last election, there were so many parties that contested and as I mentioned at the forum earlier on, in 2011, we lost six seats. We lost a number of key ministers," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We recognise that more skillful, more productive workers make the company more competitive, and the more competitive, more productive company is able to retain workers better, is able to pay workers better," "That is a sustainable way of increasing welfare - both the welfare of the workers, as well as the welfare of the owners of capital" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But the focus just on the return to capital will not suffice. This is particularly so at a time when technologies are transforming rapidly," "In that regard, what is important is that even as businesses reinvent themselves and transform, both businesses and governments will have to do more to help our workers to be better prepared for the future" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "One even claimed that I invested in a new company," External link

AsiaOne Friday, May 17, 2019 1:41:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To expect that 100 per cent of people would agree on a particular course of action is not realistic," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 13, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But these opinions have to be grounded in fact, in truth," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 13, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Credibility is important. What we promise, we must do our very best to deliver," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 13, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I wish that your Ramadan will be filled with joy and health, and we continue to share the spirit of togetherness, compassion, and care for everyone," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I think that the party has a policy of renewing our ranks at every election, and the work is intensifying. We’ve had some very good candidates already, but the work is continuing because we still have some time,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our society is becoming more diverse, and it is important for us to continue to represent that diversity and to make sure that we are able to bring in the views of different segments of our society,” “At the same time, to be able to achieve a consensus that lets us turn diversity into a strength and not let diversity divide us” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat replied : “If you go by the logic of that, then you know, anyone wanting to be the leader of the team will have to go through many jobs. I don’t think that is the critical point” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Ultimately, under our Cabinet system, it is a system of collective responsibility. At the end of it, the PM would have to take the final decision,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "If such a relationship had not been forged, we might not have weathered the early crises or industrialised so rapidly," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Today is the first time I'm speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders. I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Kuan Yew) made at your Modernisation Seminar 50 years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you, the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC, which underpins our unique and precious brand of tripartism, will continue into the fourth generation and beyond," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It is important for companies to see workers as key partners in their companies' transformation and to make sure their transformation efforts benefit workers," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : "We must make sure that technological advancements help workers do their jobs better - not replace them," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "It remains committed to the self-respect of every working man and woman and believes that the purpose of economic development is to improve the lives of all in the workforce," "We strive for growth in order to improve the lives of every Singaporean" External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders,” External link

trendnews-az Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made fifty years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labor movement) will continue,” External link

trendnews-az Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It is important for companies to see workers as key partners in their companies’ transformation, and to make sure their transformation efforts benefit workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders," External link

GulfDailyNews Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made...fifty years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labour movement)...will continue," External link

GulfDailyNews Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made...fifty years ago and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labour movement)...will continue," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A very important part of it is to support the Prime Minister in strengthening our relations with major partners around the world. As you know I’ve just been back from the United States. I just spent a week in Thailand and Malaysia. "I’ll be going to China next month, as well as Japan. So there’s a whole range of visits I’m doing to build good relations with our neighbours to strengthen our partnership to take Singapore forward,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I have benefited tremendously from the wise counsel and advice of PM Lee, DPMs Teo and Tharman, as well as my other Cabinet colleagues," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "If there is a need for us to use counter cyclical monetary and fiscal policy to manage that, we will," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Whether it is the schools that they go to, the education that they have, the background training they have been in - whether it is engineering or businesses - as well as the range of countries that they come from," "By pulling together all these background experiences, they have been able to build very strong diverse teams with very, very creative people. That is another major area we need to look at - how we can grow this talent pool," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Whether it is the schools that they go to, the education that they have, the background training they have been in - whether it is engineering or businesses - as well as the range of countries that they come from," "By pulling together all these background experiences, they have been able to build very strong diverse teams with very, very creative people. That is another major area we need to look at - how we can grow this talent pool," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Whether it is the schools that they go to, the education that they have, the background training they have been in - whether it is engineering or businesses - as well as the range of countries that they come from," "By pulling together all these background experiences, they have been able to build very strong diverse teams with very, very creative people. That is another major area we need to look at - how we can grow this talent pool," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I hope that our companies take innovation and technology seriously” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, April 19, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Lifelong learning is not just a slogan. It’s something we are working very hard on,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, April 19, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many of the leaders and analysts I’ve spoken to have held the view that this is not just a trade dispute, this is a more complex competition in technology and strategic influence,” External link

macaudailytimes Friday, April 19, 2019 3:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must expect there will be changes in how companies relocate their operations in different parts of the world,” External link

macaudailytimes Friday, April 19, 2019 3:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many of the leaders and analysts I’ve spoken to have held the view that this is not just a trade dispute, this is a more complex competition in technology and strategic influence,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must expect there will be changes in how companies relocate their operations in different parts of the world,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “ASEAN as a group both continue to grow quite well, even this year and next,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, April 8, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “and Asean as a group both continue to grow quite well even this year and next,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The investment sentiment has been affected, uncertainty has increased,” “For investors making long-term investments, making major investments, they would adopt a wait-and-see approach, and this can in turn affect sentiments further” External link

BangkokPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “have been generally quite positive, still,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “and Asean as a group both continue to grow quite well even this year and next,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The investment sentiment has been affected, uncertainty has increased,” “For investors making long-term investments, making major investments, they would adopt a wait-and-see approach, and this can in turn affect sentiments further” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “have been generally quite positive, still,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “and Asean as a group both continue to grow quite well even this year and next,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 1:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “have been generally quite positive, still,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 1:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There was no notion of how to want to contribute to the organisation. If you think in that narrow, self-centred way, you will not make progress," External link

straitstimesSG Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “The more open we are, the more international we are in our outlook, the better it is for Singapore (and) the world. Because you don’t want a world where people build walls around themselves,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 29, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This enables planners to design a more flexible and efficient transport system, to optimise traffic flow and to make travelling more efficient for our people,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sim Wong Hoo ) : "Mr Sim's story illustrates the point that to succeed, we must learn, we must walk the ground and we must persist," External link

AsiaOne Monday, March 11, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have yet to decide on the exact timing of the GST increase and we will exercise care when doing so. We will continue to monitor the prevailing economic conditions, trends in expenditure, and buoyancy of our revenues," External link

business-times Friday, March 1, 2019 1:57:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is best done by upgrading their skills and improving their chances of getting better paying jobs. What they learn today will be useful for many years down the road, and build a foundation for further learning. In the meantime, we help them take care of their families’ needs, such as bursaries for their children or MediFund for their parents’ hospitalisation bills,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Given the long time horizon, it is difficult to project these spending needs now. Nonetheless, we are planning early, seeing what we can do, and will work out the resourcing accordingly,” “Our plans span many years – putting in place the right infrastructure, charting the course of our economy, and steadily building up our capabilities,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As a regional hub in many areas, such as finance, professional services and logistics, we are well-positioned as a base for businesses to capture the growing regional demand for such services. We also continue to have a strong manufacturing base, despite increasing competition from other economies,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “We will continue investing in research, innovation and enterprise development, and support our entrepreneurs and businesses to boldly venture into new markets. This will bring new opportunities to our people and firms,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I am glad to see ST Engineering building enterprise capabilities and deepening worker skill sets in tandem,” “This is the type of positive outcomes for workers, businesses and the Government, which I hope we all strive to achieve” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It means fiercely protecting the precious freedom that we have to chart our own destiny, even as our relationships with our neighbours and the world change,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I appreciate Ms Foo’s suggestion to delay this. Let me assure her and Members of this House that the decision to raise GST was not made lightly. As the Government, it is our responsibility to anticipate, and plan ahead for future needs. When doing so, we need to distinguish between one-off factors, and underlying structural increases,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Funding this requires a structural increase in our operating revenues. In other words, the base of our healthcare spending is rising. Over and above this rising base, we have special packages set aside for our Pioneers and MGs,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will continue to monitor the prevailing economic conditions, trends in expenditure, and buoyancy of our revenues carefully,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Take bread, for example. There are the white, and wholemeal loaves that you can find at supermarkets, but there are also loaves sold at artisan bakeries. On top of that, there are so many other types of bread – floss buns, baguettes, kaya toast at your coffeeshop. Where do we draw the line?” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a permanent scheme to provide more help to lower-income households and seniors. It is also more targeted, as those who need help most get it directly. This is in addition to other schemes and programmes to help the less well-off,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Indeed, a large portion of Singapore household wealth is held in the form of housing assets,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our reserves comprise assets invested by MAS, GIC and Temasek. The size of MAS’ and Temasek’s assets is public information. Only the GIC portion is not disclosed, and that is because with the GIC figure, you get the complete picture of our reserves,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It's very sad for his family. He just got married and has a kid," "It must be devastating for Sam and the family" External link

kualalumpurtimes Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “If we do not change, then we will be hitting a dead end and changes later on will be that much harder. So it is far better for us to take the more difficult road today so that we will reach the destination," he said. FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS: HENG SWEE KEAT. Mr Heng said companies will need to "upskill" the local workforce, and tap on technology, like automation, to address the shortage of skilled manpower. Advertisement. "Rather than looking at problems, I want to focus on solutions," he said. Mr Heng cited the example of ST Engineering Aerospace, which has managed to reap the economic and productivity benefits of technology through initiatives like automated equipment that replaced labour-intensive processes and digital systems that encourage a paperless workflow. "ST Engineering is among the first few companies in Singapore to set up an in-house training council, to work more closely with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and to look at the training of their workers,” "I hope that many more companies will embark on this because I think it's important for us to devote time, attention and resources to the upgrading of our workers”. Mr Jeffrey Lam, deputy president of ST Engineering Aerospace said the company invests millions in technology and engineering development annually. “We realise that to stay competitive, we need to continue to invest in technology and training of our workforce, so as to ensure that they can continue to be relevant," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 25, 2019 2:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “allowed people from different parts of the organisation to interact, to spin off ideas, rather than just do it on email,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A very important element of tackling the cost of living is that (we) keep our workers employed,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:33:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about British ) : “1819 was a key turning point in Singapore’s development. The British decision to declare Singapore a free port plugged us into an emerging network of global trade,” “This, and subsequent developments, transformed Singapore into a global node” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We draw strength from our diversity, by focusing on what we have in common. In the earlier years, our forefathers clustered around ethnic and religious groups to support one another,” “Today, Singaporeans support one another, regardless of race, language or religion” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “only begun showing early signs of recovery” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The basic approach to our foreign worker polices has remained consistent,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Merdeka Generation Package is a gesture of our nation’s gratitude for their contributions and a way to show care for them in their silver years,” “It will provide them better peace of mind over future healthcare costs, while helping them to stay active and healthy” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “This allows us to tap on the strength of the Government’s balance sheet to back this strategic investment,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “From time to time, when our finances allow, we share the surpluses with Singaporeans, and provide more help to those with specific needs. With this bonus, I hope that all Singaporeans, young and old, will join us to commemorate this significant moment in Singapore’s history” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government will study better forms of support to continue to help workers to remain productive, earn more, and save more for retirement. We will review the relevance and structure of the SEC and ASEC, in tandem with the recommendation from the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government will put this S$5.1 billion into a new Long-Term Care Support Fund. This will help fund the CareShield Life Subsidies and other long-term care support measures, such as ElderFund,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a generation who are even younger and healthier, and I hope that everyone will make the extra effort to stay active and healthy,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Long Term Care ) : “The taskforce is also looking at how to strengthen after-school care and support for disadvantaged students in school-based Student Care Centres,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government keeps a close watch on the cost of living. Over the years, we have done much to alleviate cost pressures – whether in healthcare, education or day-to-day expenses,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Given its strategic significance, the government will continue to invest a significant share of our resources - about 30 per cent of our total expenditure this year - to support our defence, security and diplomacy efforts," "This spending is significant, but indispensable. We will invest more, if the need arises, to protect the sovereignty of Singapore and the well-being of Singaporeans" External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat saying : “relying on more and more foreign workers is not the long-term solution” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "I hope that all Singaporeans, young and old, will join us to commemorate this significant moment in Singapore's history," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "With this, we hope to further encourage more Singaporeans, including younger Singaporeans, to embrace the spirit of giving back," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "We should position Singapore as 'Asia 101' for global MNCs looking to expand into Asia's growing markets and as 'Global 101' for Asian companies ready to go global," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "We need to act decisively to manage the manpower growth in services and encourage companies to revamp work processes, redesign jobs, reskill workers," "Relying on more and more foreign workers is not the long-term solution" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "As a people, we must have the psychological and emotional resilience to face crises stoically," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Against an increasingly uncertain geopolitical environment, our commitment to defence and security cannot waiver,” “Diplomacy and deterrence are the twin pillars of our approach” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To stay ahead of these threats, we must continue to innovate and build new capabilities to meet our security needs,” “Both the public and private sectors have a major role to play” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Merdeka Generation Package is a gesture of our nation’s gratitude for their contributions and a way to show care for them in their silver years,” “It will provide them better peace of mind over future healthcare costs, while helping them to stay active and healthy” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “This allows us to tap on the strength of the Government’s balance sheet to back this strategic investment,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “From time to time, when our finances allow, we share the surpluses with Singaporeans, and provide more help to those with specific needs. With this bonus, I hope that all Singaporeans, young and old, will join us to commemorate this significant moment in Singapore’s history” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Over the years, we have implemented schemes to encourage early renewal of diesel commercial goods vehicles, and also to account for the impact of vehicular emissions," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Merdeka Generation Package is a gesture of our nation's gratitude for their contributions and a way to show care for them in their silver years," External link

4-traders Monday, February 18, 2019 2:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "will invest more, if the need arises, to protect the sovereignty of Singapore and the well-being of Singaporeans" External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge taxi companies to pass on the savings to their drivers, like they did in 2017. This will, on average, reduce the impact of the duty increase by more than three-quarters for taxis,” External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "A fairer and more robust approach is to meet recurrent spending with recurrent revenues," External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are setting aside funds to meet Singaporeans' long-term needs, including S$6.1 billion for the Merdeka Generation Package and S$5.1 billion for long-term care support. On the whole, we expect an overall budget deficit of S$3.5 billion, or 0.7 per cent of GDP," External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The basic building blocks of a vibrant economy are strong, competitive companies that maximise value creation,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “only begun showing early signs of recovery” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The basic approach to our foreign worker polices has remained consistent,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Over the years, we have forged deep partnerships with the G3 economies of US, Europe and Japan, as well as China, India and ASEAN,” “With the centre of economic gravity shifting to Asia, and with the technological depth of our partnerships with G3 economies, we should position Singapore as ‘Asia 101’ for global multinationals looking to expand into Asia’s growing markets, and as ‘Global 101’ for Asian companies ready to go global” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “By giving young Singaporeans overseas exposure, they can develop new skills to better support our firms’ overseas expansion,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will also work to introduce more active ageing opportunities for seniors, such as lifelong learning under the National Silver Academy and volunteerism under the Silver Volunteer Fund,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Majority of the recipients will be women. Many of them left the workforce early and took up important roles as mothers, caregivers or housewives," "As a result, they had fewer years to build up their savings. This top-up is a way to recognise their contributions and to help them save more" External link

AsiaOne Monday, February 18, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With this, we hope to encourage more Singaporeans, including younger Singaporeans, to embrace the spirit of giving back," "At the same time, we are encouraging IPCs to reach out to more donors. The fund will be designed to ensure a good distribution of support for all donations to IPCs which do not currently receive government matching, and to increase the impact of the good work they are doing" External link

AsiaOne Monday, February 18, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our society ages, older workers will make up an increasing share of our workforce,” “We are doing more to help older Singaporeans earn more, save more, and have greater peace of mind during their retirement years” External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Having smart, patient capital that attracts investors with the expertise and the right time horizon is another way to help firms scale up,” External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "At fundamental level, we must keep Singapore safe and secure. This allows us to preserve our way of life and forge our own destiny," "We must continue to transform our economy, for only a vibrant and innovative economy can provide opportunities for our people to releasie their potential" External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "FairPrice has worked together with the workers to retrain them. Many of them told me they started when FairPrice had manual processes but they were able to pick up new skills along the way," "All enterprises will need to put this as a major priority so they can make best use of new technologies and our companies can... continue to raise productivity and create a better life for our workers" External link

straitstimesSG Friday, February 15, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We have made green buildings a priority to tackle climate change. Currently, about 36 per cent of our buildings are green. We plan to raise this to 80 per cent by 2030,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Ultimately, our buildings must be more than just bricks and mortar,” “They must be human-centric and help to promote interactions among its occupants and connect them and improve wellness” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia have deep historical, economic, cultural and people-to-people ties," External link

kualalumpurtimes Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “a development that is not totally unexpected” External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "A multilateral, rules-based free trade system has brought prosperity to the whole world in the 20th century" "Opening up was a way to inject external pressure to stimulate reform domestically," External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There will be a reconfiguration of the supply chain, but I hope we can do it in a steady way" External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I can't get people to build a factory, if there are no ports to export my goods. I cannot build a theme park or tourist attraction if I do not build an airport for people to come," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "a development that is not totally unexpected" External link

AsiaOne Monday, January 21, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "At the same time, the need for better security and better ability to defend ourselves is also growing," "Budget will focus on these very key areas: on our security, on taking care of our social needs especially in education and healthcare, and of course in transforming our economy" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 21, 2019 3:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Vivian Balakrishnan ) : "Glad that, today, Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his counterpart Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah reached a common understanding on initial steps to resolve airspace and maritime issues," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia have deep historical, economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties," "It is important that we have a constructive and peaceful relationship and find win-win solutions that benefit the peoples of both countries," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "to ensure the safety and efficiency of civil aviation in our part of the world" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will not hesitate to take firm actions to protect Singapore’s sovereignty and territory. I urge Malaysia to cease these intrusions to avoid escalating tensions,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, December 10, 2018 6:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "This is a serious matter of national interest," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, December 9, 2018 6:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I must say that some of the ways in which some of our residential buildings are designed do make it harder to build that sense of community, in particular buildings in which there’s not much of a common corridor,” External link

todayonline Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The ITMs have allowed us to integrate the efforts of the various agencies, various parties, in a much more coherent and effective way,” “I think it is an improvement over what we've been doing in the past, where the focus was just on productivity and skills. By integrating the different elements we are addressing the issues more holistically” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “For us, the key is transformation. Every sector of the economy must transform, must change, be productive, so that our workers have better skills and with better skills we can command better wages, our companies have greater capability to compete and also go out to the world and not just look at a small market,” “That work is not straightforward, but I am confident that we can do it” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must continue to make that push, with great perseverance in the coming years and to continue to work together, then we will have a good future,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Where workers would otherwise have to manually prepare the moulds and formwork and pour concrete to produce these building components out on site, now they can work in a control room, operating machines that do this work for them instead," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We have a vibrant economic relationship. China is Singapore’s largest trading partner, while Singapore is the largest foreign direct investor in China,” External link

todayonline Friday, September 22, 2017 1:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our public agencies, research institutions and universities provide a range of support to take our companies beyond borders, to access overseas resources, networks and markets,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We hope that these efforts will help build a strong innovation ecosystem where entrepreneurs have the capabilities to develop new solutions and create new value across sectoral and geographical borders," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We should encourage a variety of approaches to innovation, including the use of technology, and create some flexibility in our regulatory frameworks, like regulatory sandboxes, to allow new things to be tried,” External link

todayonline Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “For me, it was a lesson in competing and cooperating at the same time,” External link

todayonline Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I could he happier. But this is something we need to consider carefully” External link

todayonline Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It was a lesson in competing and cooperating at the same time," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Let us compete fairly, but collaborate generously, and seek to be greater than the sum of our parts. " External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Enterprises are the heart of vibrant economies [and] for our enterprises to stay competitive and grow, they will need to develop deep capabilities. There are three capabilities that many firms will need in common--being able to use digital technology, embrace innovation, and scale up" External link

zdnet Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “where everyone plays the part that we are best placed to perform” External link

todayonline Friday, March 3, 2017 12:35:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “go beyond the familiar and explore new prospects” External link

todayonline Friday, March 3, 2017 12:35:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We introduced major schemes to open up multiple pathways to success for all, provide assurance in key areas of need and strengthen social safety nets,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “The first-year 100 per cent road tax rebate will more than offset the diesel duty incurred for the majority of commercial vehicles,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These measures now serve us well to meet our spending needs through to the end of this decade,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat Said : “Given the Government has shared that the reasons behind this are not political, can the minister help Singaporeans understand a little better what are the non-political reasons?” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In terms of productivity growth, over the period from 2011 to 2016 it has been above 2 per cent and within range of what ESC has set out to do,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “creation of new opportunities in green growth industries such as clean energy” “This may also spur the creation of new opportunities in green growth industries such as clean energy,” External link

eco-business Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will reduce the daily rental rate for diesel taxis and increase contribution to the monthly Medisave top-up scheme for our diesel taxi-hirers" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The most economically efficient and fair way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to set a carbon tax, so that emitters will take the necessary actions,” “Singapore is vulnerable to rises in sea level due to climate change. Together with the international community, we have to play our part to protect our living environment” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “a share of the needed sovereign risk insurance coverage” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Overall these enhancements will enable more companies to take on more overseas projects,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “We will start with sectors where digital technology can significantly improve productivity. These include retail, food services, wholesale trade, logistics, cleaning and security,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will work with consortiums of large and small firms to help them adopt impactful, inter-operable ICT solutions, to level up whole sectors,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With increased digitalisation, data will become an important asset for firms, and strong cyber security is needed for our networks to function smoothly. The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore will work with professional bodies to train cyber security professionals,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Given the uneven performance across different sectors, we need to go beyond general stimulus, and target specific issues faced by different sectors. For firms and sectors that are doing well, we must focus on the long term and build on the momentum to seize new opportunities ... For sectors facing cyclical weaknesses, we have introduced specific support measures,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With our consistent investment in research and development, we have built up excellent research institutes. We want to help companies better tap on these resources,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “foster a caring and inclusive society” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will also support our agencies to procure products and services in a way that builds capabilities in the economy and supports innovation,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must make these decisions in good time, to ensure that our future generations remain on a sustainable fiscal footing. As the Chinese idiom goes, let us thatch the roof before it rains," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must make these decisions in good time, to ensure that our future generations remain on a sustainable fiscal footing. As the Chinese idiom goes, let us thatch the roof before it rains," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Just as we introduced tiers to the ARF for cars in 2013 to improve progressivity, I will introduce two more tiers for more expensive motorcycles,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Advances in technology are picking up pace, disrupting traditional businesses and jobs," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It is critical we take decisive action to re-position ourselves for the future," "We will take a learning and adaptive approach, try new methods, continue with them when they work well, cut losses when they do not, and draw on feedback and experience to adjust and refine our plans. That is the Singapore way" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Budget 2017 outlines how we can thrive in an uncertain and rapidly changing world," "It is a call for us to pull together - the Government firms, unions, community organisations and individuals, with everyone doing his part. Our bonds will help us develop greater resilience in the face of unexpected shifts and improve our ability to adapt" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There has been good take-up for this scheme," "Since its launch in June 2016, the scheme has catalysed more than S$700 million of loans" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "PSEI bursaries will increase from about S$100 million to S$150 million per year," "In total, we will provide additional support of over S$850 million this year to with their expenses" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our construction firms will be able to bid for and participate in these projects, which include the upgrading of community clubs and sports facilities," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This will help address the gradual decline in motorcycle population, as very few open category COEs have been used to address motorcycles," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are looking at a tax rate of between S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions," "It will create a price signal to incentivise industries to reduce their emissions, complementing the regulatory measures which we are also introducing" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Including existing initiatives, we expect to spend around S$400 million per year on initiatives supporting persons with disabilities," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Taxing diesel according to usage incentivises users to reduce diesel consumption," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Taking into account these higher U-Save rebates, 75 per cent of all HDB households will see an average increase of less than S$12 in their monthly water expenses," "1- and 2-room HDB households will on average have no increase in their water expenses" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We need to strengthen our revenue base in a pro-growth and progressive manner," "Like all Finance Ministers before me, it is my duty to take the long view. Our domestic needs will grow over time, and the global environment will shift. We must study the implications and prepare our options early" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Together with the additional CPF Housing Grant and Proximity Housing Grant, a couple can now receive a total of up to S$110,000 in housing grants when buying a resale flat," "This measure will cost an additional S$110 million per year" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As we expect expenditures to continue rising in the long term, this budget position is prudent, while supporting firms and households in the midst of continued economic restructuring,” External link

thestar-my Monday, February 20, 2017 9:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In total, we will provide additional support of over $850 million this year to help households with their expenses,” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The tax will generally be applied upstream, for example, on power stations and other large direct emitters, rather than electricity users,” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “as low a cost to the economy as possible” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “We will catalyse private cross-border project financing to smaller Singapore-based infrastructure developers, by co-sharing the default risk of lower quantum non-recourse loans. We will also catalyse financing for projects undertaken by larger firms in higher-risk developing markets, by providing a share of the needed sovereign risk insurance coverage,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The U-Save rebate will soften the impact of the water price increase,” “Even as we provide this assistance, we should not lose sight of the scarcity of water, and thus should conserve it” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With increased digitalisation, data will become an important asset for firms, and strong cybersecurity is needed for our networks to function smoothly” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has since helped to build up a skilled hospitality workforce, with its alumni winning accolades worldwide,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will give them greater flexibility, making Singapore more conducive to VC investment, thereby enhancing the supply of financing for start-ups,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A good example is the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) which will be setting up a priority review scheme to evaluate new and innovative medical devices. This will accelerate the commercialisation process and make Singapore a preferred location to launch these devices” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will allow Government agencies to procure innovative and productive construction solutions, which may have higher costs as they may be nascent and lack scale,” “The fund will allow these solutions to enter and gain traction in markets” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Many developed economies going through this same experience have seen their annual GDP growth decelerate to 1 percent or lower. We can aim for quality growth of 2 to 3 percent, if we press on in our drive for higher productivity and work hard to help everyone who wishes to workfind a place in the labour force," External link

cnbc Monday, February 20, 2017 2:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We basically have to look ahead and make sure that whatever we do is sustainable,” External link

thestar-my Friday, February 10, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “People were laughing at what the FTA was all about — it’s just two tiny economies. It took us quite a lot of effort even to get the first free trade agreement done,” External link

todayonline Friday, February 10, 2017 3:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Very early on, we saw the potential for ITMs to be an integrative platform bringing everything together,” “So we decided to just start it and see what we can learn from it” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We basically have to look ahead and make sure that whatever we do is sustainable," External link

thestar-my Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I fully agree, and really appreciate this readiness to work together," "For now, we are working hard to capture the depth and breadth of the feedback that we have received" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added ( about Tharman Shanmugaratnam ) : "I am deeply grateful to DPM Tharman for covering my duties these few months. I also thank Minister Iswaran in the CFE, SMS Indranee and SMS Sim Ann, and MOF and other officials, for their dedication" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "We saw tonight how closely PM’s team works together, as some rushed on stage to support PM, while others informed the audience and us at home about what was happening. I have experienced this spirit," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “I feel great now, been keeping up the rehab in between reading papers from MOF (Ministry of Finance) and the CFE (Committee on the Future Economy), but the doctors say the lungs take time to recover fully and a new infection could set back that process” External link

todayonline Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I feel great now, been keeping up the rehab in between reading papers from MOF and the CFE (Committee on the Future Economy), but the doctors say the lungs take time to recover fully and a new infection could set back that process. Because of that, I also cannot attend the parade today," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, August 9, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The doctors say the lungs take time to recover fully and a new infection could set back that process. Because of that, I also cannot attend the parade today," External link

todayonline Tuesday, August 9, 2016 10:45:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All these changes have laid the groundwork for a transformation that creates a better future for Singapore,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We developed new ways of learning in our schools, made every school a good school, expanded applied pathways in tertiary education,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are not channelling students to specialise early,” “By exposing students to possibilities, we empower them to make better choices and choose suitable pathways” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will give schools more resources to provide further targeted assistance to students from less advantaged backgrounds,” External link

todayonline Friday, March 6, 2015 12:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Those travelling by public transport will receive S$120 in transport credits annually. For primary school students taking school bus, MOE’s FAS will cover 50 per cent of the regular school bus fare,” External link

todayonline Friday, March 6, 2015 12:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will study different models of learning on-the-job, explore greater use of online learning and look at innovative approaches of learning on the job,” “This is how we will help all Singaporeans to go beyond learning in school, to learning throughout life” External link

todayonline Friday, March 6, 2015 11:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It is really about how we must work as elected Members of Parliament (MPs) to serve our residents and to serve our residents sincerely, wholeheartedly,” External link

todayonline Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The fact is they put the money back…only because they were caught,” External link

todayonline Friday, February 13, 2015 2:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “Will they (WP) conduct a forensic audit? Will they take legal action against the Managing Agent?” External link

todayonline Friday, February 13, 2015 2:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “Hence, I am glad that the SEAB has decided to release PSLE in the exam format too, so students can have a better sense of the types and spread of questions that let all students show subject mastery, and prepare well — not to over-prepare and spend excessive time on drill-and-test, but to free up time for play, for exploring interest and holistic education; and not to under-prepare as PSLE can serve as a good gauge of their mastery of the subject, for the next phase of their learning journey,” External link

todayonline Friday, February 6, 2015 7:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “What matters most is for children to develop a love for learning,” “I hope this will help students better achieve their potential, and enjoy their learning” External link

todayonline Friday, February 6, 2015 3:01:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister for finance1.32%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
finance minister32.21%EN10/30/201730/10/2017
minister31.91%EN10/30/201730/10/2017
foreign minister0.15%EN09/22/201722/09/2017
education minister31.03%EN08/20/201720/08/2017
minister of finance0.44%EN07/01/201701/07/2017
singaporean minister of finance0.29%EN07/01/201701/07/2017
education minister0.88%SA09/02/201402/09/2014
minister for education1.32%EN04/17/201417/04/2014
managing director0.44%EN01/19/200919/01/2009
Names Lang Count
Heng Swee KeatEN75.33%
Heng Swee KeatFR24.49%
Heng Swee KeatSA0.19%


 
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Tharman Shanmugaratnam said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "Swee Keat is the best person to move up to become DPM and take over as PM during the next term of government," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Tharman Shanmugaratnam said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "Swee Keat is the best person to move up to become DPM and take over as PM during the next term of government," External link

JakartaPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:38:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Heng Swee Keat gave us a bad scare, much worse than what I gave you just now,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "I have decided that Swee Keat will resume duties as Minister for Finance," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Tharman Shanmugaratnam adding ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "I have decided that Swee Keat will resume duties as Minister for Finance," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Heng Swee Keat gave us a bad scare, much worse than what I gave you just now,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:45:00 PM EAT

Lee Kim said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "Not all patients who receive the same treatment and rehabilitation respond as positively as Mr Heng. He is generally healthy...Looking at him, full recovery will probably take three months rather than six" External link

todayonline Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo added ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "I know from personal experience that recovering from serious illnesses takes time. I have advised Swee Keat to take things step by step. No constant checking of his email or his phone!" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:26:00 AM EAT

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Heng Swee Keat said : "The PAP will not leave anyone behind," External link

AsiaOne Monday, November 11, 2019 3:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our commitment to Singaporeans is that even as we create new opportunities, we will tackle inequality, so that no one will be shut out of opportunities, or left behind by progress," "As long as you are willing and able to work hard, we will support you to make a better life for yourself and your family. This has been the PAP's promise to each generation" External link

AsiaOne Monday, November 11, 2019 3:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “But if I don’t bring it up, the opposition parties definitely will, so it’s better that you hear it from me,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “that would not be the honest thing to do” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The responsible thing to do is to be upfront, and tell people that it will happen. This is what integrity means. We don’t hide from difficult truths,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Court Judge ) : "There are serious issues of probity, accountability and the handling of public funds that must be addressed now even while the appeal is being dealt with. There is a judgement of the High Court which stands until the appeal is heard" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All that this House is asking, is for Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang to recuse themselves from dealing with or having oversight over financial matters, until the court case is concluded,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “Will they at long last be conducting their own investigation? Or will they continue to duck, dodge and deny?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “They have to uphold these principles even when it is politically inconvenient to do so and we need to do this, whether you are a government or opposition MP, whether you represent a constituency in Parliament, or are an NCMP or NMP,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “there had never been any intention to call a tender in the first place” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To guarantee FMSS’s appointment, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang waived the tender, even though the law required it,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “knowingly allowed Mr Pritam Singh to mislead Parliament” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “We now know this to be false. The Court found that How Weng Fan had been heavily involved since early May 2011,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sylvia Lim ) : “the WP MPs - and Ms Sylvia Lim in particular - made excuses” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Among the Workers’ Party Town Councillors, they had one experienced town councillor who had been Chairman of another Town Council for 20 years, and they had three lawyers,” “They should have known that a tender could only be waived under very special circumstances – and they should also have known that these special circumstances did not exist when they waived tender in this case” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “When the Workers’ Party leaders let their own MPs mislead Parliament on their behalf, what does this say about the Workers’ Party’s integrity and values?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Ms How Weng Fan and Mr Danny Loh were the very officers and shareholders whose appointment was to be approved without tender, and here were Mr Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim asking them to draft and comment on a report concerning their own appointment,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We now know this to be false. The Court found that How Weng Fan had been heavily involved since early May 2011, soon after the General Election, in setting up FMSS and in the plot to keep CPG in the dark,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All that this House is asking, is for Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang to recuse themselves from dealing with or having oversight over financial matters, until the court case is concluded,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sylvia Lim ) : “the WP MPs - and Ms Sylvia Lim in particular - made excuses” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “Will they at long last be conducting their own investigation? Or will they continue to duck, dodge and deny?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “They have to uphold these principles even when it is politically inconvenient to do so and we need to do this, whether you are a government or opposition MP, whether you represent a constituency in Parliament, or are an NCMP or NMP,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “there had never been any intention to call a tender in the first place” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To guarantee FMSS’s appointment, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang waived the tender, even though the law required it,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “knowingly allowed Mr Pritam Singh to mislead Parliament” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “We now know this to be false. The Court found that How Weng Fan had been heavily involved since early May 2011,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Hence, we take a great interest in the future of the maritime industry, and we want to contribute to the development of the maritime community,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This ( [email protected] ) will be rolled out progressively from December this year, and is estimated to save the industry 100,000 man-hours per year,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We also hope to make [email protected] interoperable beyond Singapore’s shores, so that industry players can gain greater operational efficiency,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The first tanker will be delivered in the third quarter of 2020. This will coincide with the anticipated increase in LNG demand, as more ocean-going LNG-fuelled vessels come into operation and call at our port,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Moving beyond standardised products and mass manufacturing, this will enable manufacturers to address specific customer needs," External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "the various nodes of the advanced manufacturing ecosystem together, into a single district to create a one-stop campus" External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "South-east Asia is well-positioned to be a regional manufacturing powerhouse, and the home for factories of the future" External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We want to enable wider access to SIRI, so that it is not just a platform for Singapore and our companies, but also for the region," External link

business-times Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are at a state of the global economy where there are significant weaknesses,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Liu He ) : "Vice Premier Liu He shares the view which we have also articulated publicly that the US-China trade conflict is negative for both countries and for the world and the earlier that there is some resolution to it, the better it is for the whole world," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "I think it is not realistic to expect that a whole range of issues will be resolved in a few meetings. Some are fairly long-term issues that will take time to resolve," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Being able to agree on a number of key areas will be important progress and in turn that will provide for greater confidence to investors, not just in the US and China, but all around the world,” “I think the restoration of global confidence is important for investors. It is important for us to tackle these longer-term challenges and important for us to harness the use of better technology in the coming years” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Take for example Minister Desmond Lee. Yesterday was my first visit to Tianjin but it was his third visit. He's been there because he's been a deputy for some of the meetings already. So he's not alien to them,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are at a state of the global economy where there are significant weaknesses,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Budget 2020 is coming up in a few months’ time and we will continue to monitor the state of the global economy and there are many sectors in our economy that are still growing,” “So you see, while overall there is weakness, you see fairly uneven performances across the different areas. But we are not at the stage where we need to amount to extraordinary measures. So what we need to continue to focus on, is on structural policies” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So you take for example Minister Desmond Lee. Yesterday was my first visit to Tianjin but it was his third visit. He's been there because he's been a deputy for some of the meetings already. So he's not alien to them,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I think that the fourth industrial revolution is coming – we are at a very early stage. But the earlier we prepare for it, the better we are able to ride this wave of growth,” “What I am hoping to do is to get businesses and business leaders to be much more involved in thinking about these issues and working together even as they compete with one another” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “They've all been involved in various ways. So the engagements did not just start,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Being able to agree on a number of key areas will be important progress and in turn that will provide for greater confidence to investors, not just in the US and China, but all around the world,” “I think the restoration of global confidence is important for investors. It is important for us to tackle these longer-term challenges and important for us to harness the use of better technology in the coming years” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The party has a policy of regular renewal of our Members of Parliament and political office holders, so we have been searching and interviewing a whole range of candidates,” “I would say we have a fairly good slate, but of course until the election itself, we will continue looking for candidates so we can have a stronger team in the coming years” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There is a lot of benefit because we are working with various parties to try different ways in which we can pilot new ideas and look at how we can bring it to scale,” “In that way, what is tried here can be brought back to Singapore, and what is tried in Singapore can be extended to other places. In fact, we can look at how these projects which we are doing can be extended to many other parts of the world” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Singapore is an excellent testbed for many of these new developments and innovation. But to realise its full potential, we will have to extend this across the whole world and in particular, Asia,” “Asia is going through a period of rapid urbanisation. What works in one city is likely to be useful to many other cities around the world. For us, if we put a strong emphasis on what works for Singapore, then I think we have many opportunities to extend our solutions to others” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The phrase he used was duyi wuer (unique and unmatched)," "This is something that both sides value, and we would like to take this forward" External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “By promoting the flow of people, we not only create more opportunities for collaboration for business leaders to meet one another and to explore new business models, but it also promotes deeper understanding between people in both regions. "This is an important aspect of promoting more stable and peaceful global development,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, October 4, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I think we should build confidence in the benefits of free trade, in the benefits of deeper economic integration and in the process we also learn how to work together with one another, make many structural changes in our economy,” “With the pace of technological development, and with the pace of change at the global level learning how we can make important structural adjustments and prepare our people for that will be key to further progress and development” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, October 4, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There are major changes in the global economy. In some parts of the world, there is a great desire to retreat from globalization and, in some parts, there is a great desire to integrate our economy better to have better specialization and division of labour, and how, through that, we can raise productive efficiency of the resources we have. That is one aspect,” “We are seeing growing inequality in terms of wealth and income, both within countries and across countries. We are seeing a lot of concerns about the impact of economic growth on sustainable development, on the environment,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 4, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All of us are suffering economic damage. It’s quite unprecedented,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 4, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "He was such a great leader and a great father of the nation. He is an inspiration for all humanity. His commitment towards non-violence, his belief in the oneness of mankind and his simplicity are great. I have immense respect for him and I am honoured to be here on this very special occasion," External link

business-standard Wednesday, October 2, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on the state of the economy, we have various scenarios in which we are ready to step in when the time comes. I do not foresee a need for an extraordinary budget at this stage” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 27, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Many of us have been working together when I entered politics in 2011 but at the same time, I am hoping for more to join us,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 27, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are in discussions and when the time comes, he will announce it. But it’s progressing well and I am happy with the progress that we're making,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 27, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “fraying of the social compact that holds societies together” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Unless some of the fundamental tensions across society are resolved, all will find it difficult to weather these (economic) challenges,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These sentiments are consistent with those of young people all around the world, many of whom are demanding a larger role in civic society and the political process,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will make sure that no one is excluded from opportunities because of their backgrounds or circumstances,” “As economic disruption becomes more frequent, people who suffer setbacks will require concerted efforts to get back on track. This is not easy, but if we do this right, we will be able to deliver broad-based progress for our people” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “For instance, we have put in place measures to ensure that race and religion do not divide us. We ensure that there is a good racial mix in our housing estates to avoid segregation. We enacted laws to maintain our racial and religious harmony, and to safeguard the rights of minorities,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat replied : "continues to believe in free trade, globalisation, in the division of labour" External link

business-times Friday, September 20, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat replied : "continues to believe in free trade, globalisation, in the division of labour" External link

business-times Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's latest investment here is in line with its strategic perspective, because the future of the global semiconductor industry is bright, despite the slowdown today" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's investments here affirm our approach to the economy - one that is both pro-business and pro-worker" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's latest investment here is in line with its strategic perspective, because the future of the global semiconductor industry is bright, despite the slowdown today" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "ST's investments here affirm our approach to the economy - one that is both pro-business and pro-worker" External link

business-times Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “abide by the principles which have won the trust of generations of Singaporeans” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I’m happy to see more women in political leadership and we must build on this,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The PAP’s policy of meritocracy has been a great equaliser for women as it open doors to equal education and equal opportunity,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I’M CERTAIN WE CAN DO BETTER" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “E-commerce is going to change the shape of how buildings are going to be used,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat recalled : “We don’t like the assumption that they made that teachers are redundant and can be made redundant,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Now when you think about it, did (tech) create or destroy jobs? No, it changed the nature of jobs,” “Jobs will change in many, many areas and jobs (that) are redundant ought to be gotten rid of. But our job is then to re-train workers so that they can access new and better jobs,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While the global demand for semiconductors has weakened this year, we must continue to invest for the longer term and strengthen our ecosystem," "This way, we will be ready to harness new opportunities when the global demand picks up" External link

business-times Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:24:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will need to continue to strengthen our semiconductor ecosystem. This includes closer collaboration between semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers, many of which are small medium enterprises. Companies like Micron work with an entire range of suppliers, from equipment vendors, to gas suppliers to precision welders for gas pipes" External link

zdnet Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This includes closer collaboration between semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers, many of which are small- and medium-sized enterprises," "We must continue to invest for the longer term and strengthen our ecosystem. This way, we will be ready to harness new opportunities when the global demand picks up" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "No doubt the global semiconductor industry is experiencing headwinds this year due to global market uncertainties," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "And what was most helpful to me was that I have in MAS, officers who were Muslim, who went along with me. They were teaching me all the dos and don'ts," External link

straitstimesSG Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While the global demand for semiconductors has weakened this year, we must continue to invest for the longer term and strengthen our ecosystem," "This way, we will be ready to harness new opportunities when the global demand picks up" External link

business-times Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Every day when you open the newspaper, you'll find conflict of one form or another in at least one of the pages, which is linked to either race, language or religion,” "So for us to maintain harmony in a society that is so multiracial, multicultural and multireligious, is always an act in progress" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 12, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “on solving the problem rather than on deciding who is right,” External link

csmonitor Friday, August 9, 2019 10:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All states benefit from an international world order that is based on the rule of law. It allows for predictability and the management of relations and issues based on agreed principles,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Mediation is cheaper and faster. It preserves harmony and business relationships, which is in line with many cultures, particularly in Asia,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Beyond structuring these projects well at the onset, it is equally important to have good dispute resolution mechanisms that can resolve issues when they arise across the lifetime of the projects,” “Mediation is therefore a good option for such disputes, because it focuses on solving the problem rather than on deciding who is right. It seeks to resolve the problem in a way that will preserve relationships and allow the project to go on,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “One of my colleagues from an ASEAN member state was telling me that in the past, if you’re a very good village craftsman, and you make an excellent piece of artwork, (it) is limited to the local market,” “But with e-commerce, with e-payments, if we have a proper system of doing this across the whole of ASEAN, the market is 650 (million) to 660 million people” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, July 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Every ASEAN member state has something unique, whether in terms of its history, its culture, its heritage, or its range of activities and certainly food. It is therefore very useful for us to encourage people to travel, to visit one another, to learn more about each other's history, culture and heritage, and to have a taste of what life is like today,” “In that way, we can promote better people-to-people understanding among ASEAN, encourage our students to come together, to work together, to learn together … (and) promote a better understanding among all our people in ASEAN,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, July 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As long as we work on the basis of a win-win outcome and work on the basis that we abide by international rules and norms and regulations, I think we can find practical ways to resolve any differences,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, July 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “better ideas and ability to deliver results” “We fundamentally disagree with Tan but of course he's entitled to his opinion, just as all Singaporeans are entitled to opinions,” External link

themalaymailonline Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We fundamentally disagree with Dr Tan. But of course he is entitled to his opinions, just as all Singaporeans are entitled to opinions,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 28, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In some ways, Dr Tan contradicted himself. He said that there's no transparency but at the same time he attacked the fact that the issue of Oxley Road was raised in Parliament," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, July 27, 2019 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We know that trust between the people and their leaders cannot be inherited. And the 4G team will have to do so at a time when our politics has become increasingly more contested," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 24, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This bond of trust (between the PAP government and Singaporeans) can easily be lost if we ever become careless or complacent," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 24, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "They are diverse not only in terms of gender, but also feature an appropriate balance of expertise, skills and age," "This is important - we must not judge diversity only in form, with set parameters like gender, age or background. Rather, what matters is diversity in substance - whether the board has enough members with the range of expertise, experience and judgement" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As the business environment becomes more complex and challenging, businesses that collaborate are likely to do better," "Large players can collaborate with SMEs to adopt the latest technologies and build new capabilities. By partnering larger companies, SMEs can also better manage common challenges when venturing into new markets" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "reflects the heightened uncertainties and risks in the global economy" External link

business-times Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "We must continue to focus on the medium and long term, even as we tackle the short-term challenges posed by the current economic cycle and help those affected" External link

business-times Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “The Future Economy Council will continue with our industry transformation plans, build stronger enterprise capabilities, and make the most of the opportunities around us,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, July 12, 2019 11:51:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Future Economy Council will continue with our industry transformation plans, build stronger enterprise capabilities, and make the most of the opportunities around us," External link

straitstimesSG Friday, July 12, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will pool together each organisation’s expertise and resources, to increase the chances for successful commercialisation,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “ADB has estimated that developing Asia will need US$1.7 trillion (RM7.02 trillion) per year in infrastructure investments until 2030 to maintain the region’s growth momentum. To meet this need, governments will need to work with multi-lateral development banks to make projects bankable and investible in order to draw in private capital,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will pool together each organisation’s expertise and resources, to increase the chances for successful commercialisation,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Together, we can think of new ways to tap on science to develop innovative solutions and help users adopt them, so that we can all benefit,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These are important areas of materials science that can have important applications. Researchers in Singapore are applying them in areas such as solar cells, biological membranes, additive manufacturing and batteries,” “Singapore is applying them in impactful technologies such as solar cells, biological membranes, additive manufacturing and batteries” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This important link sees basic science being translated in innovative ways to deliver new, improved materials. This helps to keep Singapore's manufacturing sector relevant,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our racial and religious demographics shift, so too, must our approach to building bridges and encouraging discourse,” "We should use this opportunity to deepen mutual understanding" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 21, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “I hope our young people in particular, who are digital natives, will go out and rebut these falsehoods, or erroneous views which are being spread, and our social media space can become a constructive space,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 21, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "Global food security is becoming an increasingly pressing issue," "We will require new and innovative ways to meet these needs sustainably" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I believe that trust between the people and the Government is absolutely essential. And the best way to win your trust is to first trust you with the truth - no matter how hard or unpopular," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, June 17, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is how my team and I will take Singapore forward - by charting our future together, levelling with you, expanding the common space, and journeying towards a better future," "This is how we will build a society where every Singaporean has a strong sense of belonging, and a part to play in building our shared future together" External link

straitstimesSG Monday, June 17, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As long as your heart is for the good of Singapore and Singaporeans, we will work with anyone," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I’m glad to hear that there’s such interest in this, and whether we become a more inclusive society depends very much not just on what the Government can do but what every one of us can do," "But certainly the Government needs to take the lead in some of these efforts. So, I will reflect this to my colleagues for them to take a look at what specific things we can do" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “even more caring, gracious, kind and cohesive community” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:19:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will be frank about the challenges we face, the trade-offs we will have to make, the hard truths confronting us,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:19:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “The best way to win (Singaporeans’) trust is to first trust you with the truth - no matter how hard or unpopular,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:19:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “How we invest and how we respond to these pressures will determine whether Asia’s growth is sustainable,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We hope to grow this to better meet Asia’s needs for protection against disasters,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So far, over S$6 billion worth of green bonds have been issued here and we aim to further scale this up over time,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The world is facing major challenges in sustainable development,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Cooperation among countries and cities will help us to strengthen connectivity and achieve longer-term environmental, economic and infrastructural sustainability,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Infrastructure projects are long term and highly capital intensive,” “We have to plan and structure these projects properly, to ensure resource efficiency, economic viability and social impact over their long lifespan” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have to balance between meeting short-term and longer term needs. Building the leadership pipeline is core to this endeavour. " External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 7, 2019 7:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Stewardship at its crux is about engaged, responsible and meaningful value creation over the long term,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “It is still possible for both sides to resolve their differences,” “Fundamentally, the US and China will need to rebuild trust in their relationship” External link

ChinaPost Friday, May 31, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As both the US and China harden their positions, there are fears that the global order will end up in another Cold War. However, the context of U.S.-China tensions is fundamentally different from the Cold War,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, May 31, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Asia Conference ) : “Asia’s strategic weight is growing,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, May 31, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “U.S. needs to adjust and recognize that while China is a competitor, it is also a valuable partner, which can share the responsibility of providing international public goods,” “Both sides must make an effort to avoid escalation by managing their domestic politics. Each party needs to understand the domestic constraints and red lines of the other side for negotiations to be constructive” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Friday, May 31, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Singapore is always looking forward to contributing to the G-20," External link

japantoday Friday, May 31, 2019 1:38:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “U.S. needs to adjust and recognize that while China is a competitor, it is also a valuable partner, which can share the responsibility of providing international public goods,” External link

aa-en Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Besides the trade war, we are also going to be faced with very rapid changes in technology,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is of utmost importance and we must focus our minds and our energies on this,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Everyone expresses hope that this can be resolved in time to come. But at the same time there is also a preparation that the Chinese people would have to stay resilient if the trade war escalates further,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There is a recognition that it is to no one’s benefit,” “The effects on the regional and global economy will be very negative but this is not an issue that can be resolved immediately” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “That is the only way that we can add value, and we must raise our capability and continue to be valuable and useful, and to be able to understand the cultures and systems all around us so that we can play a useful role,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “DPM Heng and Party Secretary Li expressed confidence that Singapore and Guangdong can build on the positive momentum in bilateral relations to further strengthen ties,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 26, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The fact that you have spent so much time with us shows the importance and attention given to our bilateral relations,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "DPM Heng and Vice Premier Han reaffirmed the strong, multi-faceted and longstanding relations between our two countries," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It will help me to understand the developments in all these new areas, including the Greater Bay Area," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "How do we keep the consensus and how do we mobilise our people to come together to deal with short-term challenges, as well as longer term challenges and opportunities," “That I would say is the biggest challenge. Keeping Singapore united, cohesive and forward-looking is critical to our future” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It complicates many, many calculations by many business leaders. It creates great uncertainty among investors everywhere around the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is going to become more challenging as you see the support for globalisation around the world is coming down,” “It is declining because people feel that the benefits of globalisation have not benefited them” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "the global supply chain evolves to adapt to structural changes happening all around the world," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "has helped to catalyze developments all around China," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I believe that this is important for us to build a more stable and prosperous world in the coming years," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Well, our biggest challenge that we need to address is to build a sense of unity amidst this tremendous changes that are going on around us" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our own population is coming down and as our young people are better educated, some have chosen to stay single. It is the same phenomenon that we see in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Many of us, myself included, have been on record saying that the Government cannot possibly have all the answers to all of the problems and that is why we have to mobilise our society to resolve many of these issues," "And beyond just resolving the issue, it is also a sense of ownership that as a citizen, I can do what is right and I choose as a citizen to contribute in different ways" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : "The idea that the private market can do everything and therefore, create growth, and that free, open competition alone will be sufficient to assure a good outcome is not something I believe in," "I don’t agree with that. I believe governments around the world do have important roles" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In the last election, there were so many parties that contested and as I mentioned at the forum earlier on, in 2011, we lost six seats. We lost a number of key ministers," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We recognise that more skillful, more productive workers make the company more competitive, and the more competitive, more productive company is able to retain workers better, is able to pay workers better," "That is a sustainable way of increasing welfare - both the welfare of the workers, as well as the welfare of the owners of capital" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But the focus just on the return to capital will not suffice. This is particularly so at a time when technologies are transforming rapidly," "In that regard, what is important is that even as businesses reinvent themselves and transform, both businesses and governments will have to do more to help our workers to be better prepared for the future" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "One even claimed that I invested in a new company," External link

AsiaOne Friday, May 17, 2019 1:41:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To expect that 100 per cent of people would agree on a particular course of action is not realistic," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 13, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But these opinions have to be grounded in fact, in truth," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 13, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Credibility is important. What we promise, we must do our very best to deliver," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 13, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I wish that your Ramadan will be filled with joy and health, and we continue to share the spirit of togetherness, compassion, and care for everyone," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I think that the party has a policy of renewing our ranks at every election, and the work is intensifying. We’ve had some very good candidates already, but the work is continuing because we still have some time,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our society is becoming more diverse, and it is important for us to continue to represent that diversity and to make sure that we are able to bring in the views of different segments of our society,” “At the same time, to be able to achieve a consensus that lets us turn diversity into a strength and not let diversity divide us” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat replied : “If you go by the logic of that, then you know, anyone wanting to be the leader of the team will have to go through many jobs. I don’t think that is the critical point” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Ultimately, under our Cabinet system, it is a system of collective responsibility. At the end of it, the PM would have to take the final decision,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "If such a relationship had not been forged, we might not have weathered the early crises or industrialised so rapidly," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Today is the first time I'm speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders. I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Kuan Yew) made at your Modernisation Seminar 50 years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you, the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC, which underpins our unique and precious brand of tripartism, will continue into the fourth generation and beyond," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It is important for companies to see workers as key partners in their companies' transformation and to make sure their transformation efforts benefit workers," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : "We must make sure that technological advancements help workers do their jobs better - not replace them," External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "It remains committed to the self-respect of every working man and woman and believes that the purpose of economic development is to improve the lives of all in the workforce," "We strive for growth in order to improve the lives of every Singaporean" External link

business-times Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders,” External link

trendnews-az Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made fifty years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labor movement) will continue,” External link

trendnews-az Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It is important for companies to see workers as key partners in their companies’ transformation, and to make sure their transformation efforts benefit workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders," External link

GulfDailyNews Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made...fifty years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labour movement)...will continue," External link

GulfDailyNews Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made...fifty years ago and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labour movement)...will continue," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A very important part of it is to support the Prime Minister in strengthening our relations with major partners around the world. As you know I’ve just been back from the United States. I just spent a week in Thailand and Malaysia. "I’ll be going to China next month, as well as Japan. So there’s a whole range of visits I’m doing to build good relations with our neighbours to strengthen our partnership to take Singapore forward,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I have benefited tremendously from the wise counsel and advice of PM Lee, DPMs Teo and Tharman, as well as my other Cabinet colleagues," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "If there is a need for us to use counter cyclical monetary and fiscal policy to manage that, we will," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Whether it is the schools that they go to, the education that they have, the background training they have been in - whether it is engineering or businesses - as well as the range of countries that they come from," "By pulling together all these background experiences, they have been able to build very strong diverse teams with very, very creative people. That is another major area we need to look at - how we can grow this talent pool," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Whether it is the schools that they go to, the education that they have, the background training they have been in - whether it is engineering or businesses - as well as the range of countries that they come from," "By pulling together all these background experiences, they have been able to build very strong diverse teams with very, very creative people. That is another major area we need to look at - how we can grow this talent pool," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Whether it is the schools that they go to, the education that they have, the background training they have been in - whether it is engineering or businesses - as well as the range of countries that they come from," "By pulling together all these background experiences, they have been able to build very strong diverse teams with very, very creative people. That is another major area we need to look at - how we can grow this talent pool," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I hope that our companies take innovation and technology seriously” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, April 19, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Lifelong learning is not just a slogan. It’s something we are working very hard on,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, April 19, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many of the leaders and analysts I’ve spoken to have held the view that this is not just a trade dispute, this is a more complex competition in technology and strategic influence,” External link

macaudailytimes Friday, April 19, 2019 3:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must expect there will be changes in how companies relocate their operations in different parts of the world,” External link

macaudailytimes Friday, April 19, 2019 3:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many of the leaders and analysts I’ve spoken to have held the view that this is not just a trade dispute, this is a more complex competition in technology and strategic influence,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must expect there will be changes in how companies relocate their operations in different parts of the world,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “ASEAN as a group both continue to grow quite well, even this year and next,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, April 8, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “and Asean as a group both continue to grow quite well even this year and next,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The investment sentiment has been affected, uncertainty has increased,” “For investors making long-term investments, making major investments, they would adopt a wait-and-see approach, and this can in turn affect sentiments further” External link

BangkokPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “have been generally quite positive, still,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “and Asean as a group both continue to grow quite well even this year and next,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The investment sentiment has been affected, uncertainty has increased,” “For investors making long-term investments, making major investments, they would adopt a wait-and-see approach, and this can in turn affect sentiments further” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “have been generally quite positive, still,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “and Asean as a group both continue to grow quite well even this year and next,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 1:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “have been generally quite positive, still,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, April 8, 2019 1:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There was no notion of how to want to contribute to the organisation. If you think in that narrow, self-centred way, you will not make progress," External link

straitstimesSG Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “The more open we are, the more international we are in our outlook, the better it is for Singapore (and) the world. Because you don’t want a world where people build walls around themselves,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 29, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This enables planners to design a more flexible and efficient transport system, to optimise traffic flow and to make travelling more efficient for our people,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sim Wong Hoo ) : "Mr Sim's story illustrates the point that to succeed, we must learn, we must walk the ground and we must persist," External link

AsiaOne Monday, March 11, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have yet to decide on the exact timing of the GST increase and we will exercise care when doing so. We will continue to monitor the prevailing economic conditions, trends in expenditure, and buoyancy of our revenues," External link

business-times Friday, March 1, 2019 1:57:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is best done by upgrading their skills and improving their chances of getting better paying jobs. What they learn today will be useful for many years down the road, and build a foundation for further learning. In the meantime, we help them take care of their families’ needs, such as bursaries for their children or MediFund for their parents’ hospitalisation bills,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Given the long time horizon, it is difficult to project these spending needs now. Nonetheless, we are planning early, seeing what we can do, and will work out the resourcing accordingly,” “Our plans span many years – putting in place the right infrastructure, charting the course of our economy, and steadily building up our capabilities,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As a regional hub in many areas, such as finance, professional services and logistics, we are well-positioned as a base for businesses to capture the growing regional demand for such services. We also continue to have a strong manufacturing base, despite increasing competition from other economies,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “We will continue investing in research, innovation and enterprise development, and support our entrepreneurs and businesses to boldly venture into new markets. This will bring new opportunities to our people and firms,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I am glad to see ST Engineering building enterprise capabilities and deepening worker skill sets in tandem,” “This is the type of positive outcomes for workers, businesses and the Government, which I hope we all strive to achieve” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It means fiercely protecting the precious freedom that we have to chart our own destiny, even as our relationships with our neighbours and the world change,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I appreciate Ms Foo’s suggestion to delay this. Let me assure her and Members of this House that the decision to raise GST was not made lightly. As the Government, it is our responsibility to anticipate, and plan ahead for future needs. When doing so, we need to distinguish between one-off factors, and underlying structural increases,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Funding this requires a structural increase in our operating revenues. In other words, the base of our healthcare spending is rising. Over and above this rising base, we have special packages set aside for our Pioneers and MGs,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will continue to monitor the prevailing economic conditions, trends in expenditure, and buoyancy of our revenues carefully,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Take bread, for example. There are the white, and wholemeal loaves that you can find at supermarkets, but there are also loaves sold at artisan bakeries. On top of that, there are so many other types of bread – floss buns, baguettes, kaya toast at your coffeeshop. Where do we draw the line?” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a permanent scheme to provide more help to lower-income households and seniors. It is also more targeted, as those who need help most get it directly. This is in addition to other schemes and programmes to help the less well-off,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Indeed, a large portion of Singapore household wealth is held in the form of housing assets,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our reserves comprise assets invested by MAS, GIC and Temasek. The size of MAS’ and Temasek’s assets is public information. Only the GIC portion is not disclosed, and that is because with the GIC figure, you get the complete picture of our reserves,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It's very sad for his family. He just got married and has a kid," "It must be devastating for Sam and the family" External link

kualalumpurtimes Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “If we do not change, then we will be hitting a dead end and changes later on will be that much harder. So it is far better for us to take the more difficult road today so that we will reach the destination," he said. FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS: HENG SWEE KEAT. Mr Heng said companies will need to "upskill" the local workforce, and tap on technology, like automation, to address the shortage of skilled manpower. Advertisement. "Rather than looking at problems, I want to focus on solutions," he said. Mr Heng cited the example of ST Engineering Aerospace, which has managed to reap the economic and productivity benefits of technology through initiatives like automated equipment that replaced labour-intensive processes and digital systems that encourage a paperless workflow. "ST Engineering is among the first few companies in Singapore to set up an in-house training council, to work more closely with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and to look at the training of their workers,” "I hope that many more companies will embark on this because I think it's important for us to devote time, attention and resources to the upgrading of our workers”. Mr Jeffrey Lam, deputy president of ST Engineering Aerospace said the company invests millions in technology and engineering development annually. “We realise that to stay competitive, we need to continue to invest in technology and training of our workforce, so as to ensure that they can continue to be relevant," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 25, 2019 2:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “allowed people from different parts of the organisation to interact, to spin off ideas, rather than just do it on email,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A very important element of tackling the cost of living is that (we) keep our workers employed,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:33:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about British ) : “1819 was a key turning point in Singapore’s development. The British decision to declare Singapore a free port plugged us into an emerging network of global trade,” “This, and subsequent developments, transformed Singapore into a global node” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We draw strength from our diversity, by focusing on what we have in common. In the earlier years, our forefathers clustered around ethnic and religious groups to support one another,” “Today, Singaporeans support one another, regardless of race, language or religion” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “only begun showing early signs of recovery” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The basic approach to our foreign worker polices has remained consistent,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Merdeka Generation Package is a gesture of our nation’s gratitude for their contributions and a way to show care for them in their silver years,” “It will provide them better peace of mind over future healthcare costs, while helping them to stay active and healthy” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “This allows us to tap on the strength of the Government’s balance sheet to back this strategic investment,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “From time to time, when our finances allow, we share the surpluses with Singaporeans, and provide more help to those with specific needs. With this bonus, I hope that all Singaporeans, young and old, will join us to commemorate this significant moment in Singapore’s history” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government will study better forms of support to continue to help workers to remain productive, earn more, and save more for retirement. We will review the relevance and structure of the SEC and ASEC, in tandem with the recommendation from the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government will put this S$5.1 billion into a new Long-Term Care Support Fund. This will help fund the CareShield Life Subsidies and other long-term care support measures, such as ElderFund,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a generation who are even younger and healthier, and I hope that everyone will make the extra effort to stay active and healthy,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Long Term Care ) : “The taskforce is also looking at how to strengthen after-school care and support for disadvantaged students in school-based Student Care Centres,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government keeps a close watch on the cost of living. Over the years, we have done much to alleviate cost pressures – whether in healthcare, education or day-to-day expenses,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Given its strategic significance, the government will continue to invest a significant share of our resources - about 30 per cent of our total expenditure this year - to support our defence, security and diplomacy efforts," "This spending is significant, but indispensable. We will invest more, if the need arises, to protect the sovereignty of Singapore and the well-being of Singaporeans" External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat saying : “relying on more and more foreign workers is not the long-term solution” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "I hope that all Singaporeans, young and old, will join us to commemorate this significant moment in Singapore's history," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "With this, we hope to further encourage more Singaporeans, including younger Singaporeans, to embrace the spirit of giving back," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "We should position Singapore as 'Asia 101' for global MNCs looking to expand into Asia's growing markets and as 'Global 101' for Asian companies ready to go global," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "We need to act decisively to manage the manpower growth in services and encourage companies to revamp work processes, redesign jobs, reskill workers," "Relying on more and more foreign workers is not the long-term solution" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "As a people, we must have the psychological and emotional resilience to face crises stoically," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Against an increasingly uncertain geopolitical environment, our commitment to defence and security cannot waiver,” “Diplomacy and deterrence are the twin pillars of our approach” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To stay ahead of these threats, we must continue to innovate and build new capabilities to meet our security needs,” “Both the public and private sectors have a major role to play” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Merdeka Generation Package is a gesture of our nation’s gratitude for their contributions and a way to show care for them in their silver years,” “It will provide them better peace of mind over future healthcare costs, while helping them to stay active and healthy” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “This allows us to tap on the strength of the Government’s balance sheet to back this strategic investment,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “From time to time, when our finances allow, we share the surpluses with Singaporeans, and provide more help to those with specific needs. With this bonus, I hope that all Singaporeans, young and old, will join us to commemorate this significant moment in Singapore’s history” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Over the years, we have implemented schemes to encourage early renewal of diesel commercial goods vehicles, and also to account for the impact of vehicular emissions," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Merdeka Generation Package is a gesture of our nation's gratitude for their contributions and a way to show care for them in their silver years," External link

4-traders Monday, February 18, 2019 2:42:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "will invest more, if the need arises, to protect the sovereignty of Singapore and the well-being of Singaporeans" External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge taxi companies to pass on the savings to their drivers, like they did in 2017. This will, on average, reduce the impact of the duty increase by more than three-quarters for taxis,” External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "A fairer and more robust approach is to meet recurrent spending with recurrent revenues," External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are setting aside funds to meet Singaporeans' long-term needs, including S$6.1 billion for the Merdeka Generation Package and S$5.1 billion for long-term care support. On the whole, we expect an overall budget deficit of S$3.5 billion, or 0.7 per cent of GDP," External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The basic building blocks of a vibrant economy are strong, competitive companies that maximise value creation,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “only begun showing early signs of recovery” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The basic approach to our foreign worker polices has remained consistent,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Over the years, we have forged deep partnerships with the G3 economies of US, Europe and Japan, as well as China, India and ASEAN,” “With the centre of economic gravity shifting to Asia, and with the technological depth of our partnerships with G3 economies, we should position Singapore as ‘Asia 101’ for global multinationals looking to expand into Asia’s growing markets, and as ‘Global 101’ for Asian companies ready to go global” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “By giving young Singaporeans overseas exposure, they can develop new skills to better support our firms’ overseas expansion,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will also work to introduce more active ageing opportunities for seniors, such as lifelong learning under the National Silver Academy and volunteerism under the Silver Volunteer Fund,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Majority of the recipients will be women. Many of them left the workforce early and took up important roles as mothers, caregivers or housewives," "As a result, they had fewer years to build up their savings. This top-up is a way to recognise their contributions and to help them save more" External link

AsiaOne Monday, February 18, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With this, we hope to encourage more Singaporeans, including younger Singaporeans, to embrace the spirit of giving back," "At the same time, we are encouraging IPCs to reach out to more donors. The fund will be designed to ensure a good distribution of support for all donations to IPCs which do not currently receive government matching, and to increase the impact of the good work they are doing" External link

AsiaOne Monday, February 18, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our society ages, older workers will make up an increasing share of our workforce,” “We are doing more to help older Singaporeans earn more, save more, and have greater peace of mind during their retirement years” External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Having smart, patient capital that attracts investors with the expertise and the right time horizon is another way to help firms scale up,” External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "At fundamental level, we must keep Singapore safe and secure. This allows us to preserve our way of life and forge our own destiny," "We must continue to transform our economy, for only a vibrant and innovative economy can provide opportunities for our people to releasie their potential" External link

business-times Monday, February 18, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "FairPrice has worked together with the workers to retrain them. Many of them told me they started when FairPrice had manual processes but they were able to pick up new skills along the way," "All enterprises will need to put this as a major priority so they can make best use of new technologies and our companies can... continue to raise productivity and create a better life for our workers" External link

straitstimesSG Friday, February 15, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We have made green buildings a priority to tackle climate change. Currently, about 36 per cent of our buildings are green. We plan to raise this to 80 per cent by 2030,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Ultimately, our buildings must be more than just bricks and mortar,” “They must be human-centric and help to promote interactions among its occupants and connect them and improve wellness” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia have deep historical, economic, cultural and people-to-people ties," External link

kualalumpurtimes Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “a development that is not totally unexpected” External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "A multilateral, rules-based free trade system has brought prosperity to the whole world in the 20th century" "Opening up was a way to inject external pressure to stimulate reform domestically," External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There will be a reconfiguration of the supply chain, but I hope we can do it in a steady way" External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I can't get people to build a factory, if there are no ports to export my goods. I cannot build a theme park or tourist attraction if I do not build an airport for people to come," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "a development that is not totally unexpected" External link

AsiaOne Monday, January 21, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "At the same time, the need for better security and better ability to defend ourselves is also growing," "Budget will focus on these very key areas: on our security, on taking care of our social needs especially in education and healthcare, and of course in transforming our economy" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 21, 2019 3:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Vivian Balakrishnan ) : "Glad that, today, Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his counterpart Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah reached a common understanding on initial steps to resolve airspace and maritime issues," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia have deep historical, economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties," "It is important that we have a constructive and peaceful relationship and find win-win solutions that benefit the peoples of both countries," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "to ensure the safety and efficiency of civil aviation in our part of the world" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will not hesitate to take firm actions to protect Singapore’s sovereignty and territory. I urge Malaysia to cease these intrusions to avoid escalating tensions,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, December 10, 2018 6:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "This is a serious matter of national interest," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, December 9, 2018 6:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I must say that some of the ways in which some of our residential buildings are designed do make it harder to build that sense of community, in particular buildings in which there’s not much of a common corridor,” External link

todayonline Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The ITMs have allowed us to integrate the efforts of the various agencies, various parties, in a much more coherent and effective way,” “I think it is an improvement over what we've been doing in the past, where the focus was just on productivity and skills. By integrating the different elements we are addressing the issues more holistically” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “For us, the key is transformation. Every sector of the economy must transform, must change, be productive, so that our workers have better skills and with better skills we can command better wages, our companies have greater capability to compete and also go out to the world and not just look at a small market,” “That work is not straightforward, but I am confident that we can do it” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must continue to make that push, with great perseverance in the coming years and to continue to work together, then we will have a good future,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Where workers would otherwise have to manually prepare the moulds and formwork and pour concrete to produce these building components out on site, now they can work in a control room, operating machines that do this work for them instead," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We have a vibrant economic relationship. China is Singapore’s largest trading partner, while Singapore is the largest foreign direct investor in China,” External link

todayonline Friday, September 22, 2017 1:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our public agencies, research institutions and universities provide a range of support to take our companies beyond borders, to access overseas resources, networks and markets,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We hope that these efforts will help build a strong innovation ecosystem where entrepreneurs have the capabilities to develop new solutions and create new value across sectoral and geographical borders," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We should encourage a variety of approaches to innovation, including the use of technology, and create some flexibility in our regulatory frameworks, like regulatory sandboxes, to allow new things to be tried,” External link

todayonline Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “For me, it was a lesson in competing and cooperating at the same time,” External link

todayonline Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I could he happier. But this is something we need to consider carefully” External link

todayonline Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It was a lesson in competing and cooperating at the same time," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Let us compete fairly, but collaborate generously, and seek to be greater than the sum of our parts. " External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Enterprises are the heart of vibrant economies [and] for our enterprises to stay competitive and grow, they will need to develop deep capabilities. There are three capabilities that many firms will need in common--being able to use digital technology, embrace innovation, and scale up" External link

zdnet Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:50:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “where everyone plays the part that we are best placed to perform” External link

todayonline Friday, March 3, 2017 12:35:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “go beyond the familiar and explore new prospects” External link

todayonline Friday, March 3, 2017 12:35:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We introduced major schemes to open up multiple pathways to success for all, provide assurance in key areas of need and strengthen social safety nets,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “The first-year 100 per cent road tax rebate will more than offset the diesel duty incurred for the majority of commercial vehicles,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These measures now serve us well to meet our spending needs through to the end of this decade,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat Said : “Given the Government has shared that the reasons behind this are not political, can the minister help Singaporeans understand a little better what are the non-political reasons?” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In terms of productivity growth, over the period from 2011 to 2016 it has been above 2 per cent and within range of what ESC has set out to do,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “creation of new opportunities in green growth industries such as clean energy” “This may also spur the creation of new opportunities in green growth industries such as clean energy,” External link

eco-business Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will reduce the daily rental rate for diesel taxis and increase contribution to the monthly Medisave top-up scheme for our diesel taxi-hirers" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:56:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The most economically efficient and fair way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to set a carbon tax, so that emitters will take the necessary actions,” “Singapore is vulnerable to rises in sea level due to climate change. Together with the international community, we have to play our part to protect our living environment” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “a share of the needed sovereign risk insurance coverage” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Overall these enhancements will enable more companies to take on more overseas projects,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “We will start with sectors where digital technology can significantly improve productivity. These include retail, food services, wholesale trade, logistics, cleaning and security,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will work with consortiums of large and small firms to help them adopt impactful, inter-operable ICT solutions, to level up whole sectors,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With increased digitalisation, data will become an important asset for firms, and strong cyber security is needed for our networks to function smoothly. The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore will work with professional bodies to train cyber security professionals,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Given the uneven performance across different sectors, we need to go beyond general stimulus, and target specific issues faced by different sectors. For firms and sectors that are doing well, we must focus on the long term and build on the momentum to seize new opportunities ... For sectors facing cyclical weaknesses, we have introduced specific support measures,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With our consistent investment in research and development, we have built up excellent research institutes. We want to help companies better tap on these resources,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “foster a caring and inclusive society” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will also support our agencies to procure products and services in a way that builds capabilities in the economy and supports innovation,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must make these decisions in good time, to ensure that our future generations remain on a sustainable fiscal footing. As the Chinese idiom goes, let us thatch the roof before it rains," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must make these decisions in good time, to ensure that our future generations remain on a sustainable fiscal footing. As the Chinese idiom goes, let us thatch the roof before it rains," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Just as we introduced tiers to the ARF for cars in 2013 to improve progressivity, I will introduce two more tiers for more expensive motorcycles,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Advances in technology are picking up pace, disrupting traditional businesses and jobs," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It is critical we take decisive action to re-position ourselves for the future," "We will take a learning and adaptive approach, try new methods, continue with them when they work well, cut losses when they do not, and draw on feedback and experience to adjust and refine our plans. That is the Singapore way" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Budget 2017 outlines how we can thrive in an uncertain and rapidly changing world," "It is a call for us to pull together - the Government firms, unions, community organisations and individuals, with everyone doing his part. Our bonds will help us develop greater resilience in the face of unexpected shifts and improve our ability to adapt" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There has been good take-up for this scheme," "Since its launch in June 2016, the scheme has catalysed more than S$700 million of loans" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "PSEI bursaries will increase from about S$100 million to S$150 million per year," "In total, we will provide additional support of over S$850 million this year to with their expenses" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our construction firms will be able to bid for and participate in these projects, which include the upgrading of community clubs and sports facilities," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This will help address the gradual decline in motorcycle population, as very few open category COEs have been used to address motorcycles," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are looking at a tax rate of between S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions," "It will create a price signal to incentivise industries to reduce their emissions, complementing the regulatory measures which we are also introducing" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Including existing initiatives, we expect to spend around S$400 million per year on initiatives supporting persons with disabilities," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Taxing diesel according to usage incentivises users to reduce diesel consumption," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Taking into account these higher U-Save rebates, 75 per cent of all HDB households will see an average increase of less than S$12 in their monthly water expenses," "1- and 2-room HDB households will on average have no increase in their water expenses" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We need to strengthen our revenue base in a pro-growth and progressive manner," "Like all Finance Ministers before me, it is my duty to take the long view. Our domestic needs will grow over time, and the global environment will shift. We must study the implications and prepare our options early" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Together with the additional CPF Housing Grant and Proximity Housing Grant, a couple can now receive a total of up to S$110,000 in housing grants when buying a resale flat," "This measure will cost an additional S$110 million per year" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As we expect expenditures to continue rising in the long term, this budget position is prudent, while supporting firms and households in the midst of continued economic restructuring,” External link

thestar-my Monday, February 20, 2017 9:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In total, we will provide additional support of over $850 million this year to help households with their expenses,” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The tax will generally be applied upstream, for example, on power stations and other large direct emitters, rather than electricity users,” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “as low a cost to the economy as possible” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “We will catalyse private cross-border project financing to smaller Singapore-based infrastructure developers, by co-sharing the default risk of lower quantum non-recourse loans. We will also catalyse financing for projects undertaken by larger firms in higher-risk developing markets, by providing a share of the needed sovereign risk insurance coverage,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The U-Save rebate will soften the impact of the water price increase,” “Even as we provide this assistance, we should not lose sight of the scarcity of water, and thus should conserve it” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With increased digitalisation, data will become an important asset for firms, and strong cybersecurity is needed for our networks to function smoothly” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has since helped to build up a skilled hospitality workforce, with its alumni winning accolades worldwide,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will give them greater flexibility, making Singapore more conducive to VC investment, thereby enhancing the supply of financing for start-ups,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A good example is the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) which will be setting up a priority review scheme to evaluate new and innovative medical devices. This will accelerate the commercialisation process and make Singapore a preferred location to launch these devices” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will allow Government agencies to procure innovative and productive construction solutions, which may have higher costs as they may be nascent and lack scale,” “The fund will allow these solutions to enter and gain traction in markets” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 20, 2017 3:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Many developed economies going through this same experience have seen their annual GDP growth decelerate to 1 percent or lower. We can aim for quality growth of 2 to 3 percent, if we press on in our drive for higher productivity and work hard to help everyone who wishes to workfind a place in the labour force," External link

cnbc Monday, February 20, 2017 2:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We basically have to look ahead and make sure that whatever we do is sustainable,” External link

thestar-my Friday, February 10, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “People were laughing at what the FTA was all about — it’s just two tiny economies. It took us quite a lot of effort even to get the first free trade agreement done,” External link

todayonline Friday, February 10, 2017 3:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Very early on, we saw the potential for ITMs to be an integrative platform bringing everything together,” “So we decided to just start it and see what we can learn from it” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We basically have to look ahead and make sure that whatever we do is sustainable," External link

thestar-my Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:54:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I fully agree, and really appreciate this readiness to work together," "For now, we are working hard to capture the depth and breadth of the feedback that we have received" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added ( about Tharman Shanmugaratnam ) : "I am deeply grateful to DPM Tharman for covering my duties these few months. I also thank Minister Iswaran in the CFE, SMS Indranee and SMS Sim Ann, and MOF and other officials, for their dedication" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "We saw tonight how closely PM’s team works together, as some rushed on stage to support PM, while others informed the audience and us at home about what was happening. I have experienced this spirit," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “I feel great now, been keeping up the rehab in between reading papers from MOF (Ministry of Finance) and the CFE (Committee on the Future Economy), but the doctors say the lungs take time to recover fully and a new infection could set back that process” External link

todayonline Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I feel great now, been keeping up the rehab in between reading papers from MOF and the CFE (Committee on the Future Economy), but the doctors say the lungs take time to recover fully and a new infection could set back that process. Because of that, I also cannot attend the parade today," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, August 9, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The doctors say the lungs take time to recover fully and a new infection could set back that process. Because of that, I also cannot attend the parade today," External link

todayonline Tuesday, August 9, 2016 10:45:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All these changes have laid the groundwork for a transformation that creates a better future for Singapore,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We developed new ways of learning in our schools, made every school a good school, expanded applied pathways in tertiary education,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are not channelling students to specialise early,” “By exposing students to possibilities, we empower them to make better choices and choose suitable pathways” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will give schools more resources to provide further targeted assistance to students from less advantaged backgrounds,” External link

todayonline Friday, March 6, 2015 12:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Those travelling by public transport will receive S$120 in transport credits annually. For primary school students taking school bus, MOE’s FAS will cover 50 per cent of the regular school bus fare,” External link

todayonline Friday, March 6, 2015 12:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will study different models of learning on-the-job, explore greater use of online learning and look at innovative approaches of learning on the job,” “This is how we will help all Singaporeans to go beyond learning in school, to learning throughout life” External link

todayonline Friday, March 6, 2015 11:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It is really about how we must work as elected Members of Parliament (MPs) to serve our residents and to serve our residents sincerely, wholeheartedly,” External link

todayonline Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The fact is they put the money back…only because they were caught,” External link

todayonline Friday, February 13, 2015 2:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat asked : “Will they (WP) conduct a forensic audit? Will they take legal action against the Managing Agent?” External link

todayonline Friday, February 13, 2015 2:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “Hence, I am glad that the SEAB has decided to release PSLE in the exam format too, so students can have a better sense of the types and spread of questions that let all students show subject mastery, and prepare well — not to over-prepare and spend excessive time on drill-and-test, but to free up time for play, for exploring interest and holistic education; and not to under-prepare as PSLE can serve as a good gauge of their mastery of the subject, for the next phase of their learning journey,” External link

todayonline Friday, February 6, 2015 7:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “What matters most is for children to develop a love for learning,” “I hope this will help students better achieve their potential, and enjoy their learning” External link

todayonline Friday, February 6, 2015 3:01:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister for finance1.32%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
finance minister32.21%EN10/30/201730/10/2017
minister31.91%EN10/30/201730/10/2017
foreign minister0.15%EN09/22/201722/09/2017
education minister31.03%EN08/20/201720/08/2017
minister of finance0.44%EN07/01/201701/07/2017
singaporean minister of finance0.29%EN07/01/201701/07/2017
education minister0.88%SA09/02/201402/09/2014
minister for education1.32%EN04/17/201417/04/2014
managing director0.44%EN01/19/200919/01/2009
Names Lang Count
Heng Swee KeatEN75.33%
Heng Swee KeatFR24.49%
Heng Swee KeatSA0.19%


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Tharman Shanmugaratnam said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "Swee Keat is the best person to move up to become DPM and take over as PM during the next term of government," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Tharman Shanmugaratnam said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "Swee Keat is the best person to move up to become DPM and take over as PM during the next term of government," External link

JakartaPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:38:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Heng Swee Keat gave us a bad scare, much worse than what I gave you just now,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "I have decided that Swee Keat will resume duties as Minister for Finance," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Tharman Shanmugaratnam adding ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "I have decided that Swee Keat will resume duties as Minister for Finance," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Heng Swee Keat gave us a bad scare, much worse than what I gave you just now,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:45:00 PM EAT

Lee Kim said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "Not all patients who receive the same treatment and rehabilitation respond as positively as Mr Heng. He is generally healthy...Looking at him, full recovery will probably take three months rather than six" External link

todayonline Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo added ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "I know from personal experience that recovering from serious illnesses takes time. I have advised Swee Keat to take things step by step. No constant checking of his email or his phone!" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:26:00 AM EAT