Heng Swee Keat

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Heng Swee Keat said : “During this time, we have received many requests from Singaporeans to display the National Flag as a rallying symbol of unity and resilience,” External link

AsiaOne Monday, June 1, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Take out your flags. Fly them high with pride. Stay the course as one people. We can and we will defeat the virus together. Majulah Singapura! ” External link

AsiaOne Monday, June 1, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “elections are coming nearer by the day” External link

AsiaOne Monday, June 1, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "elections are coming nearer by the day" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The sooner we get it done, the earlier we can rally everybody together to deal with these very significant challenges ahead, and also to deal with these very significant uncertainties in the months and years ahead," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The sooner that we can deal with the longer term challenges, the better Singaporeans will emerge out of this, and Singapore will emerge stronger. So I would say that, yes, elections are coming nearer by the day, and you have to be prepared for it. " External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Our financial position will be a lot weaker in the coming years. And I'm thinking hard about this, about what we need to do, and how we need to continue to find ways that we can manage this difficult financial situation," External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There is a range of projections on the expected job losses. We have taken that into account together with the number of new entrants that enter the labour market every year. So, this is how we've sized it, and I believe that for now, that will be sufficient. But if there is a need for us to do even more, we have the resources to do that" External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our economy is undergoing a sea change. Even as we navigate through the current storm, we must stay on course, and set our direction right, to prevail over the challenges ahead,” External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “a lot weaker in the coming years” External link

financialexpress Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “But for now, I think the most important thing is, first, keep our people safe and second, let’s get the economy going again, as much as possible,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The sooner we get it done, the earlier we can rally everybody together to deal with these very significant challenges ahead, and also to deal with these very significant uncertainties in the months and years ahead" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "elections are coming nearer by the day" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I would say that, yes, elections are coming nearer by the day," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It is not a set of issues that we deal with over the next six to nine months or one year, but a set of issues that we need to deal with over the next five and even 10 years for us to emerge stronger, for us to manage this crisis of a generation as best as we can,” “So it is important for all Singaporeans to begin to focus our minds on how we can come together to overcome this crisis of our generation and how we can then rally together to emerge stronger” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "public health considerations and public safety will be a foremost consideration" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "But for now, I think the most important thing is, first, keep our people safe and second, let's get the economy going again, as much as possible," "It will not be easy ... if we put our minds to it, we can emerge stronger, and with that, I think we can begin to rebuild our resources over time" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "After presenting four Budgets within such a short period of time, I will say that 'never say never'" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "That is why in this Budget I have a bigger contingent sum," "So I hope that we do not need to have another Budget in order to respond because if the situation deteriorates, it is going to be very very fast" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It's very important for us to provide a very focused support for our people who are seeking jobs – both those who have been retrenched as well as those new students, graduating students, from our ITEs, polytechnics and universities,” “This SGUnited Jobs and Skills package has a very clear component to create jobs, as well as traineeships and company-level traineeships in order to ensure that everyone who wants to learn something, who wants to do something, is able to do so” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With the digitalisation trend, if we can be far more efficient, we would have to worry less about machines taking over man in the job market. "For us, a combination of man and machines will be a very powerful one and therefore we must make the best use of how digitalisation can enable us to be more productive and more efficient,” “But in other sectors, like for instance the built environment, people associate the built environment with just construction work and hard labour," he added. "But actually, the built environment is a pretty sophisticated one. You have many Singaporeans who are employed as architects, engineers, draftsmen, quantity surveyors and project managers. These are good high paying jobs” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "I must caution that there is a limit to how far we can go," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In this way, we can marshal all our experiences and expertise to manage the huge changes that are coming our way,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly,” External link

thenews-pk Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package and the necessary response to an unprecedented crisis,” External link

geo-tv Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "so that we can respond to urgent and unforeseen needs swiftly" External link

business-times Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly,” External link

businessday Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As we open up progressively, we will continue to give more support to businesses which are not yet ready to reopen, and workers who are still unable to resume work. The key is to reopen safely, and this needs to be done carefully," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Together with the Unity, Resilience and Solidarity budgets, the government has dedicated close to SGD 100 billion or nearly 20 per cent of the GDP to support Singaporeans in this battle against COVID-19," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This will help them sustain their innovation and entrepreneurship journey," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Taken together, our support in past Budgets and this Fortitude Budget will help tide businesses through their periods of closure, and to retain and rebuild core capabilities,” “Based on our current reopening plans, we expect most businesses to reopen by July. This support would enable most sectors to recover in the coming months” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As we open up progressively, we will continue to give more support to businesses which are not yet ready to reopen, and workers who are still unable to resume work. The key is to reopen safely, and this needs to be done carefully," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis,” “A distinctive feature of this Budget is that we are setting aside a bigger contingent sum. "We are dealing with unprecedented uncertainty, across all fronts. A bigger contingent sum will allow us to respond swiftly to fast-changing situations” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The battle against COVID-19 will be a long one. The road ahead will be uncertain, with more ups and down," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In our fight against COVID-19, our past reserves have been critical in enabling us to respond comprehensively and robustly to the situation at hand. We will have to deploy it in a deliberate manner, and at decisive moments, in this battle against COVID-19," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In the three weeks after the COVID-19 Support Grant started, we received about 46,000 applications," "We are committed to providing help to those who have been badly affected" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The public sector will bring forward our hiring to meet long-term needs, like early childhood education, healthcare and long-term care,” “Together with jobs to meet short-term needs related to COVID-19 operations, such as healthcare declaration assistants and swabbers, the public sector will create 15,000 jobs. Our agencies will also work with businesses to create 25,000 jobs” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government does not ordinarily intervene in contracts after they have been entered into,” “However, as the Minister for Law had explained in his second reading speech on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill, in exceptional situations such as this, the Government needs to intervene, through legislation, with temporary targeted steps to safeguard the economic structure for the common good” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : "thank all Singaporeans for doing our part in staying home for Singapore" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In the three weeks after the COVID-19 Support Grant started, we received about 48,000 applications. We are committed to providing help to those who have been badly affected,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To enable this, I will provide a top-up of S$100 million, to add to the existing S$70 million budget for the Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This Fund will support our social service agencies to maintain service continuity, retain staff, and adopt technology to transform their work,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Regardless of age or resources, all members of our society should have access to digital resources, with no one left behind. To this end, we will provide help for specific groups,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As part of longer-term plans to support digital literacy for all students, MOE will accelerate the timeline for all secondary school students to own a digital learning device. The Minister for Education will announce details when ready,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The CPF Transition Offset scheme will similarly be deferred until after the higher contribution rates take effect," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will also ensure that these measures flow through to help sub-tenants, many of whom are SMEs," "This will dovetail with measures for SMEs being studied by the Minister for Law" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "These start-ups can also make full use of the SGUnited Traineeship scheme to bring in graduating students with deep interests in the fields they are exploring, and build up our talent base," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “more deeply embedded in our lives” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Those who are willing to transform will not be left behind,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “They should not be left behind as the whole economy transforms,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will be coupled with support to keep their business running and even acquire new revenue lines. We will help businesses to implement safe-management measures and business continuity strategies to adapt to new post-COVID-19 norms,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government will harness the talents of our best software engineers, AI experts, learning scientists and educators to develop the relevant pedagogy and build new digital platforms for online teaching and learning, and integrate the latest advancements in AI and learning sciences,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a landmark package and the necessary response to an unprecedented crisis," External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "facing an facing unprecedented level of uncertainties," External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Life will not return to what it was before Covid-19," "We must be prepared for tough times in the months ahead" External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The central focus of this budget is jobs,” “Large parts of the last three budgets were directed at protecting the livelihoods of our workers. In this budget, we will do even more” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will enhance our support for businesses which are ready to take their basic payment and invoicing functions digital,” External link

business-times Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The central focus of this budget is jobs,” “Large parts of the last three budgets were directed at protecting the livelihoods of our workers. In this budget, we will do even more” External link

bloomberg Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are dedicating close to S$100 billion to support our people in this battle, which is almost 20% of our GDP. This is a landmark package and the necessary response to an unprecedented crisis," External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Those in your 40s and 50s are more anxious. We will help you turn anxiety into action," External link

AsiaOne Monday, May 25, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our generation must have courage in adversity, to adapt and to emerge stronger, just like our founding generation. This is why I have named the upcoming budget Fortitude," "Moving forward with Fortitude - as we stay United as one people, remain Resilient in the face of adversity and stand in Solidarity with one another" External link

AsiaOne Monday, May 25, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are making good progress towards building a more caring and inclusive society. We will build an even better tomorrow, with the strong support of social service agencies" External link

ibtimes-sg Sunday, May 24, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We shared learning points on this battle - from measures to contain the spread of the virus, to support for our companies and households," "We also discussed how we can steer our economies towards recovery as we gradually re-open, and explored areas to strengthen bilateral cooperation" External link

straitstimesSG Friday, May 22, 2020 12:42:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "We shared learning points on this battle - from measures to contain the spread of the virus, to support for our companies and households," "We also discussed how we can steer our economies towards recovery as we gradually re-open, and explored areas to strengthen bilateral cooperation. We also reaffirmed our longstanding and multi-faceted bilateral relationship and the need to work with each other," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We also discussed on how we can steer our economies towards recovery as we gradually re-open, and explored areas to strengthen bilateral cooperation,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Looking forward to meeting him in person when the pandemic passes,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Some companies have coped better than others. I am heartened that a number of them have come forward to return the first payment of JSS they received and to decline future payments," "I hope their exemplary action will inspire other companies that are doing well to consider doing the same" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 11, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are sympathetic to the challenges faced by these shareholder-directors,” “By supporting them, we hope that these shareholder-directors will be able to retain their own wages and livelihoods, just like how we would like them to retain their local employees” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 4, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With the support, we should work together to tide over this very difficult period," External link

straitstimesSG Friday, April 17, 2020 8:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a very significant support, and I hope that businesses do their part in keeping their workers, retaining them, so that we can emerge stronger after this," External link

straitstimesSG Friday, April 17, 2020 8:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As part of the Government’s efforts to help companies and workers with both cash and cashflow during this trying period, the implementing agencies have been working very hard to bring forward the first payouts under the Jobs Support Scheme to April," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Not everyone will need these cash payouts. I am very encouraged that many have written to me, my ministerial colleagues and MPs, that they do not need the cash payouts, and suggest that we give these to those who need the cash more. I thank fellow Singaporeans for your thoughtfulness,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Covid-19 fight still has a long way to go, and things will get tougher before they improve. But one way or other eventually it will pass - not next week, not next month, but perhaps within a year or two. " External link

straitstimesSG Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Let us use this crisis period well," "This will be a whole of nation effort, which will take our collective energies and ideas to do well" External link

straitstimesSG Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “The three Budgets make up our largest Budget in any one financial year, in dollar amount and as a percentage of GDP,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While we must make plans - and we are, at this hour - let us focus our minds fully on making the best use of this very unprecedented Budget, to build social and economic resilience," "And if there is a need, we have the institution of the Government and the elected President, to decide on how best to use our resources to manage a crisis" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “If we had succumbed to the political pressure to spend more of our reserves in good years, we would not have had the war chest to deal with critical moments, such as now. And to do even more, if necessary, even in the next term of Government,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Our ability to put together a support package for Singaporeans amounting to 12 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product), without borrowing against the country's future is testament to the optimal fiscal balance we've sought to maintain over the years," External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "By design, employers who reduce their employees' wages or put their employees on no-pay leave during this period will have their JSS payout reduced," External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “They currently do not benefit from the cash payouts under the Care and Support Package, but are supporting the family in different ways, through this difficult period,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The primary aim of this solidarity budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures," External link

BangkokPost Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The circuit breaker is essential, but we are acutely aware that it will be painful," External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have the plans, and the financial resources to carry out these plans without burdening future generations with the bill," "The key now is how we pull together, in solidarity, as a nation to implement these plans, and make adjustments as the situation continues to evolve" External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, April 6, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The primary aim of this Solidarity Budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures,” External link

laht Monday, April 6, 2020 6:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The primary aim of this Solidarity Budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures," "We will also help businesses preserve their capacity and capabilities, to resume activities when the circuit breaker is lifted," External link

rttnews Monday, April 6, 2020 6:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, April 6, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary," External link

ibtimes-sg Monday, April 6, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The primary aim of this solidarity budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures,” External link

JakartaPost Monday, April 6, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The aim of this strong support is to directly reduce firms’ wage costs, to help them retain their workers. I expect firms to make use of this JSS support to continue paying your workers and refrain from putting workers on no-pay leave during this period, or worse, retrenching them,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The economy needs support and intervention in many different forms to go through this rough patch. I urge all businesses, landlords, financial institutions and industry players to do your part, in channelling the government’s support measures to firms, workers and households,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These measures will impact our workers and businesses severely,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The primary aim of this Solidarity Budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures,” “We will also help businesses preserve their capacity and capabilities, to resume activities when the circuit breaker is lifted” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is an unprecedented budget for extraordinary times,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The Government recognises that firms have been paying Foreign Worker Levies in normal times. So in these exceptional times, we are temporarily redirecting resources back to the firms, to enable them to provide support for their foreign workers" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With the significantly stricter pre-emptive measures needed to protect Singaporeans and our families, it is now necessary for us to propose a further draw on past reserves,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Not everyone will need these cash payouts. I am very encouraged that many have written to me, my ministerial colleagues and MPs, that they do not need the cash payouts, and suggest that we give these to those who need the cash more. I thank fellow Singaporeans for your thoughtfulness,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In these extraordinary times, many such self-employed persons are hard-hit. I hope that by our helping them, they too can help others in their networks, and their workers, and we keep the spirit of enterprise alive,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I will raise the wage subsidy for all firms to 75 per cent of gross monthly wages, for the first S$4,600 of wages paid in April 2020," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I expect firms to make use of this Jobs Support Scheme to continue paying your workers and refrain from putting workers on no-pay leave during this period, or worse, retrenching them," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The circuit breaker is essential, but we are acutely aware that it will be painful. It will disrupt businesses and impact workers severely," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To help them preserve their business structure and quickly resume operations, we will also provide employers with a foreign worker levy rebate of S$750 foreach work permit or S Pass holder, based on previous levies paid in 2020," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have the plans, and the financial resources to carry out these plans without burdening future generations with the bill," "We are grateful to our founding generation for their foresight and discipline. The key now is how we can pull together, in solidarity, as a nation to implement these plans, and make adjustments as the situation continues to evolve" External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary," External link

trust Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “As we do so, we must keep our spirits up and look out for each other, especially our seniors and the more vulnerable,” External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The economy needs support and intervention in many different forms to go through this rough patch. I urge all businesses, landlords, financial institutions and industry players to do your part, in channelling the government’s support measures to firms, workers and households," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In these extraordinary times, many such self-employed persons are hard-hit. I hope that by our helping them, they too can help others in their networks and their workers, and we keep the spirit of enterprise alive,” External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I urge those who can to donate to charities on the Giving.sg website or the Community Chest’s Courage Fund, or to directly share it with others," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "This is an unprecedented budget, for extraordinary times. The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The Government stands ready to provide further support, should it become necessary," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Government recognises that firms have been paying foreign worker levies in normal times. So in these exceptional times, we are temporarily redirecting resources back to the firms, to enable them to provide support for their foreign workers," External link

AsiaOne Monday, April 6, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The aim of this strong support is to directly reduce firms' wage costs, to help them retain their workers. I expect firms to make use of this Jobs Support Scheme to continue paying your workers and refrain from putting workers on no-pay leave during this period, or worse, retrenching them," "We will monitor the situation carefully together with our tripartite partners, and take action where needed" External link

AsiaOne Monday, April 6, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In this time of need, I am glad that mental health professionals and trained volunteers have stepped forward to offer their help in setting up the new hotline," External link

AsiaOne Monday, April 6, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many firms cannot operate at all or can only operate at a much reduced level in the coming weeks. But they should still retain and pay their workers,” External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Employers should take care of these workers who will also face difficulties during this circuit breaker period. By taking care of their workers, our firms can resume operations quickly once the heightened measures are lifted," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The COVID-19 situation has taken a very sharp turn, both globally and locally," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are implementing these painful but necessary measures to protect lives. The stronger the measures we adopt, the bigger the disruption and costs on businesses," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, April 4, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is undoubtedly a difficult month for many businesses. Additional help is on the way," "I hope that businesses can tide through this month, hold on to your workers, and resume activities once the circuit breaker is lifted. Together, we can pull through this crisis," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, April 4, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "We will also give additional support to households and vulnerable groups," External link

AsiaOne Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a way in which we can assure one another of our supply chain activity, and that is one way we can continue to have a security of supply” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Indeed we are looking into this” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "For now, let's concentrate on making the best use of what we already have in the Resilience package," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "at the moment, the industries – and certainly the aviation industry – are seeking to retain their workers as much as possible" "That is why, as part of the Resilience Budget, I allocated a higher level of support for industries which are most badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "For now, let's concentrate on making the best use of what we already have in the resilience package," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "at the moment, the industries – and certainly the aviation industry – are seeking to retain their workers as much as possible" "That is why, as part of the Resilience Budget, I allocated a higher level of support for industries which are most badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will see what happens but the good thing is that our fundamentals remain strong and the reasons why these companies want to invest in Singapore remain intact,” “While there will be a slowdown in investment, we expect to be able to continue with this data and in fact, to emerge stronger” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So we are looking at a very uncertain state of the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As finance minister, I'm very committed to making sure that our reserves are used properly, used only for the right purpose and the right purpose is when you face an extraordinary situation like this, we must be prepared to use it to support our people" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 27, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "Because of that, we wanted to make sure that we are able to protect Singaporeans," "Our first priority is to protect lives, protect livelihoods and therefore a big part of the Budget goes towards saving jobs, protecting our workers and ensuring that livelihoods are not badly disrupted" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 27, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “critical to enable overseas Singaporeans to return home and keep our supply lines for essential goods open” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 27, 2020 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are still able to support this unprecedented deficit, and still remain fiscally sustainable, because we have been disciplined in the use of past reserves, tapping it only in exceptional circumstances like these” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 27, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is more than twice the level of support provided during the global financial crisis. With this support from the Government, I urge employers to do your part to hold on to your workers,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 27, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Covid-19 is the single biggest shock that air hubs and airlines around the world have ever experienced. This will have a profound impact on the global aviation sector for years to come,” “If the aviation industry collapses in a crisis, it will be very hard to rebuild, and the recovery of the rest of the economy will be impeded” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 27, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to a unique situation," External link

business-times Friday, March 27, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We have saved up for a rainy day,” “The COVID-19 pandemic is already a mighty storm, and is still growing” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that those who receive support will use the resources wisely and responsibly, or channel it to those who may need it more," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The Government will lead the way. We will do our best to anticipate and respond, make decisions based on facts and evidence, and exercise judgement when there are trade-offs" External link

ibtimes-sg Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Jobs will be protected, workers supported and livelihood protected," External link

ibtimes-sg Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “unprecedented crisis of a highly complex nature” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to a unique situation,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The President, Speaker, and both Deputy Speakers have informed me that they will join in and take a similar three-month pay cut in total," External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As more countries implement their measures, the economic disruptions will be wider, deeper, and more prolonged," "The global economy is now facing both a supply and demand shock" External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In economic terms alone, this will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence," External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are able to support this unprecedented deficit, and still remain fiscally sustainable, because we have been disciplined in the use of past reserves, tapping on it only in exceptional circumstances like these," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I?ve been informed that SIA is considering corporate action supported by Temasek holdings and will be making an announcement in due course," "I welcome Temasek's decision to support SIA" External link

4-traders Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will put more cash in the hands of all families to help them cope," External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Over the last few weeks, I received feedback from the Labour Movement and many self-employed persons calling for stronger support for the self-employed, who have less income security, and whose livelihoods may be worse affected during this period of economic uncertainty,” External link

themalaymailonline Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "unprecedented crisis of a highly complex nature" External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In economic terms alone, this will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence" "This extraordinary situation calls for extraordinary measures," External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Many Singaporeans are concerned about how they will pay their bills and household expenses if their livelihoods are affected during this uncertain period. " External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will protect jobs, support our workers, and protect livelihoods,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will help support good companies with strong capabilities, and catalyse private sector loan capital. As the situation is fluid, we will seek to provide help where the credit needs are more acute,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “We have saved up for a rainy day,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “So, this is not a normal business cycle that we would have anticipated and dealt with using the revenues collected by each term of government,” “It is a ‘black swan’ event that comes only once every few decades” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In the past few years, we benefitted from unexpected revenue upsides, such as exceptional statutory board contributions from the Monetary Authority of Singapore and increased stamp duty collections,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “building the sector’s digital capabilities and establishing more digital arts platforms which can reach out to new audiences,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Some of them have less means and family support, and need help to tide over this difficult period,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In addition, trainees will be able to tap on their SkillsFuture Credit to further offset the course fees,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With this support from the Government, I urge employers to do your part to hold on to your workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “an added boost for employers to emerge stronger from this crisis” “Under this programme, Workforce Singapore will co-share manpower costs with enterprises that offer traineeships targeted at local first-time jobseekers this year,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To help graduates who are worried about having to pay off their student loans while finding jobs in this economic climate, I will suspend all loan repayment and interest charges for one year," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The government will continue to monitor the situation closely, and do more as and when we need to,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Some families may require help urgently, while waiting for the new help measures to kick in,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Jobs Support Scheme, Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme and enhanced Workfare Special Payment will help to sustain the employment and salaries of our workers, with more financial support for workers who earn less," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will also allow Singapore to retain a minimum level of connectivity to the world even during the pandemic,” “This is critical to enable overseas Singaporeans to return home and keep our supply lines for essential goods open” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are looking to support up to 8,000 traineeships this year, across both large and small enterprises," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope this will help many more workers, jobseekers and self-employed persons make use of the downtime to learn, develop new skills and stay employable," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that those who receive support will use the resources wisely and responsibly, or channel it to those who may need it more," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our self-help groups and CDCs have stepped up their efforts to help families and vulnerable groups through their own assistance schemes,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I strongly urge landlords to fully pass on the rebate to tenants, by reducing rentals, to directly ease the cash flow and cost pressures faced by tenants," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This extraordinary situation calls for extraordinary measures,” “We have saved up for a rainy day. The Covid-19 pandemic is already a mighty storm, and is still growing” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are facing an unprecedented crisis of a highly complex nature,” “In economic terms alone, this will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is more than twice the level of support provided during the Global Financial Crisis. With this support from the government, I urge employers to do your part to hold on to your workers," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our immediate priority is to save jobs, support our workers and protect livelihoods. Over one-third of the Resilience Budget is dedicated to this," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “dedicating close to S$55 billion to support our people in this battle, amounting to 11 per cent of our GDP (gross domestic product)” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “This will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “sustained support for self-employed persons to make full use of any downtime during this period to train and upskill” “Through these schemes, and with our many partners, we hope to provide a safety net for the self-employed during this outbreak,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is the first time that we are introducing a supplementary budget so soon after the main budget, reflecting how fast the situation has deteriorated over the past weeks," External link

business-times Monday, March 23, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "During the global financial crisis, trade dried up not because there was no demand, but because trade finance and trade insurance dried up. And trade finance and trade insurance dried up because there was a lack of confidence in both parties," External link

business-times Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "So, it depends on our assessment of the situation and I'm discussing (this) with the PM (Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong). The PM will set out his thinking," External link

business-standard Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "So it depends on our assessment of the situation and I'm discussing (this) with the PM. PM will set out his thinking," External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our first priority is the outbreak but, at the same time, we must look at how we can revive the economy," External link

4-traders Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "When residents feel comfortable that there's a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene, they'll come out and lead lives as normally as possible" External link

AsiaOne Monday, March 9, 2020 4:42:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “By realising synergies with our financial and services ecosystem, ADB can play an even more substantial role in meeting the region’s immense demand for infrastructure,” “Singapore is committed to furthering our partnership with ADB, including through project development, sharing of best practices and deal brokering, to promote strong, sustainable and inclusive growth for the region” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “They are recurrent needs, meaning that these needs will be there year after year. In fact, growing year after year. We need to fund them using recurrent revenue,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat announced : "Our vision is to phase out ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040," External link

ibtimes Sunday, March 1, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “We are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology,” External link

ibtimes Sunday, March 1, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 29, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 29, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are all in this together,” External link

csmonitor Friday, February 28, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "softening of the global economy, and the sudden COVID-19 outbreak," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, February 28, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There is no better time than now. Many businesses are already making use of the downtime they are experiencing to accelerate their efforts” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Supporting and strengthening families will always be a priority for us, and we will continue to look at how to do so effectively” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is how we should rise to the challenge of inequality in this day and age – by coming together as one people to uplift the less privileged amongst us, with the state providing strong foundations of opportunity and support” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “But if the situation deteriorates significantly and calls for us to tap on our past reserves, I will make a case to the President to seek her approval to do so,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “highly unusual and very fortunate position” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “If we did not have the NIRC, even doubling personal income tax, or doubling the GST rate to 14 per cent, would still not be enough,” “Tell me in which other country are citizens able to reap the benefits of past savings in this way?” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It did not have to, but did so, to maintain the discipline that has allowed this unusual move in the first place,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “We did not have a single bank run. The S$150 billion remained untouched and returned to past reserves. Singaporeans’ money was safe,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our front-line workers, especially healthcare workers in the restructured hospitals, have shown outstanding courage and dedication. They are out there making daily sacrifices to fight this war against the unknown," "While we cannot thank them enough, we can show our appreciation and support in a tangible way," External link

AsiaOne Friday, February 28, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “we are all in this together” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have calibrated it to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence. Advertisement. “In fact, our budget is higher than what most economists had expected. This took into account the context of the global slowdown and wider uncertainties," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This additional support totals over S$200 million, and is over and above the support from broad-based measures, which form the bulk of the support for them,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The situation in Malaysia is also evolving rapidly,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There are important measures that we hope we can continue so we will respect the decision of the Malaysian leaders,” “I very much hope that we can continue our cooperation quickly and we will work with the government of the day to advance the many areas of bilateral cooperation we have embarked on” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 24, 2020 2:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will put in every effort to slow down the spread of the virus,” External link

asiatimes Friday, February 21, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our vision is to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040” External link

eco-business Friday, February 21, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Here we are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology. It also requires a significant increase in demand to justify the infrastructure investment,” External link

eco-business Friday, February 21, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We do not know how severe and how long this outbreak will be. Therefore, our current assessment is that what we are doing now is appropriate,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 20, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The government has been very prudent in the first few years of our term and I have enough firepower to deal with this for now,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “First and foremost, it is important for my party to win the support of our people,” “We’ll let Singaporean voters decide on which is the party that is best able to take them forward, able to navigate through these very difficult times” External link

gulf-times Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will put in every effort to slow down the spread of the virus,” External link

laht Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our immediate concern is to protect you and your families. We will put in every effort to slow down the spread of the virus," External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "we must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected" External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will continue to monitor the situation closely. If needed, we can and are prepared to do more," External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Through these partnerships, we have been able to do more and do better. And we are committed to make partnerships an integral part of how we will build our future Singapore" External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "we must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected" External link

business-times Wednesday, February 19, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : "With our fiscal prudence since the beginning of this term of government, we have sufficient accumulated fiscal surplus to fund the overall deficit in FY2020" External link

business-times Wednesday, February 19, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

taipeitimes Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat disse : “O surto vai certamente afetar a nossa economia” External link

diarioeconomico Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This directly helps needy households with one of their major cost-of-living items - food," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "through structural subsidies for education, housing and healthcare" "We are mindful that many families are facing greater pressures," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must also be prepared to deal with cyber threats as digitalisation becomes more pervasive," External link

zdnet Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As a low-lying island nation, rising sea levels threatens our very existence," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As a low-lying island nation, rising sea levels threatens our very existence," External link

trust Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will provide a pool of funds that our social service agencies can tap on to transform themselves for the future. I hope they make good use of this to strengthen their organisational capabilities, become more productive, enhance their service infrastructure and enhance their service infrastructure, in partnership with MSF and NCSS,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To ensure that the EEC remains helpful for PwDs to find employment and remain in the workforce, the Government will review the EEC after two years and make adjustments if necessary,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These funds provide a safety net for the low-income, by helping them to meet their daily expenses and healthcare fees,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I will set aside S$1 billion over the next three years to build up the Government’s cyber and data security capabilities, to safeguard citizens’ data and our critical information infrastructure systems,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This directly helps needy households with one of their major cost-of-living items - food," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "through structural subsidies for education, housing and healthcare" "We are mindful that many families are facing greater pressures," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will provide a pool of funds that our Social Service Agencies can tap on to transform themselves for the future. I hope they make good use of this to strengthen their organisational capabilities, become more productive, enhance their service infrastructure and enhance their service infrastructure, in partnership with MSF and NCSS,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To ensure that the EEC remains helpful for PwDs to find employment and remain in the workforce, the Government will review the EEC after two years and make adjustments if necessary,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These funds provide a safety net for the low-income, by helping them to meet their daily expenses and healthcare fees,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is how we have been able to respond decisively to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, and support Singaporeans and our workers,” “And at the same time, to be able to set aside an Assurance Package for GST to help Singaporeans in the years ahead” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The domestic transport sector contributes a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Vehicles with internal combustion engines, or ICEs, also contribute to pollution, adversely affecting our health and quality of life,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “better reflect the current trends in vehicle efficiency” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “Here we are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology,” “It also requires a significant increase in demand to justify the infrastructure investment. This is a significant undertaking involving multiple agencies” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Total road tax, after the revision in methodology and the new lump-sum tax, will be higher for some EV models,” “However, EV buyers can expect to enjoy substantial cost savings because of the significant EV Early Adoption Incentive” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must also be prepared to deal with cyber threats, as digitalisation ebcomes more pervasive," "Data security is also a vital prerequisite and key enabler of Singapore's Digital Economy. It is key to preserving trust in a digitally connected world," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are being prudent to preserve fiscal buffers, to ensure that we have the wherewithal to stand our ground and bounce back quickly if the tide turns against us,” “This is how we have been able to respond decisively to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, and support Singaporeans and our workers,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This, together with the Stabilisation and Support Package, will impart a considerable fiscal boost to the economy to address near term concerns," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must have the resolve to deal head-on with the existential threat of rising sea levels. Just as our pioneers planted the trees for us to enjoy, we must protect our island for future generations to come," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Just as the global economy was beginning to recover, the coronavirus...outbreak hit us," "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy...Our first concern is to protect you and your families" External link

ibtimes-sg Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As a low-lying island nation, rising sea levels threatens our very existence," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

BangkokPost Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With over 1.9 million local employees in Singapore, this will cost the Government $1.3 billion and benefit all enterprises and their local employees," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With these enhancements, another $1.1 billion will go to about 90,000 enterprises, to benefit more than 700,000 Singaporean employees," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a way of encouraging and augmenting family support for our seniors with fewer means in retirement," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But EVs do not pay fuel excise duties. Therefore, we will need to update our vehicular tax structure to preserve these two considerations," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To ensure that the EEC remains helpful for PwDs to find employment and remain in the workforce, the government will review the EEC after two years and make adjustments if necessary," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology,” “It also requires a significant increase in demand to justify the infrastructure investment. This is a significant undertaking involving multiple agencies” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Just as the global economy was beginning to recover, the coronavirus...outbreak hit us," "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy...Our first concern is to protect you and your families" External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is to encourage Singaporeans to take action early to learn new skills, and to make the best use of this period of economic slowdown,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “defray 90 per cent of out-of-pocket costs of business transformation, job redesign and skills training” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Anchor enterprises are supported by many SMEs (small and medium enterprises). By helping raise the skills of workers in these SMEs, the entire supply chain benefits,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our aim is to make this a mainstream pathway, with 12 per cent of each cohort going through these pathways, up from 3.5 per cent today,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In line with our focus on the role of industry in SkillsFuture, we will also recalibrate Government funding towards training providers and courses with a stronger link to job and wage outcomes,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “help them stay employable and move on to new jobs or new roles” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “step up to recruit, retain and retrain our local mid-career workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As enterprises restructure, the nature of jobs has changed … At the same time, with broader global shifts, exciting jobs will emerge. Our mid-career workers can seize these opportunities and do better for themselves and their families,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “At the same time, we recognise potential concerns of enterprises about the availability of skilled manpower in these sectors,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The growth in S Pass holders must be sustainable. The Government has been working closely with industry and educational institutions to build up a pipeline of local manpower, including mid-career workers,” “We want them to have fair opportunities to grow, while supporting the manpower needs of enterprises” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Together, the Care and Support Package will provide a young family with about S$1,300. A three-generation family can receive more – about S$1,800,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : ”This directly helps needy households with one of their major cost of living items – food,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I spoke about how we are committing to global efforts, managing our carbon constraints, and building a sustainable Singapore, together. We must try hard and we will do our part,” “But the course of climate change depends on the commitment of all nations. The risk of rising sea levels remains significant. So our fourth strategic thrust is to prepare our island for rising sea levels” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “We must have the resolve to deal head-on with the existential threat of rising sea levels,” “Just as our pioneers planted the trees for us to enjoy today, we must protect our island for future generations to come” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “While MTI’s baseline is for GDP growth to come in at 0.5 per cent for the full year, we must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “economy-wide support to help enterprises with cash flow” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will continue to monitor the situation closely. If needed, we can and are prepared to do more,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many Singaporeans want to top up their own, their spouse’s or parents’ CPF accounts,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I will expand the threshold for lifetime wages and per capita household income to cover more seniors,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These enhancements underscore the Government’s commitment to provide seniors with greater assurance in retirement, and reflect the values we hold dear, such as taking care of our parents and seniors” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These modest continuing adjustments are necessary for the payouts to keep up with basic retirement expenses,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Good education provides a strong foundation for children to grow, realise their aspirations, and continue a journey of lifelong learning,” “We have committed to decisive shifts in the Government’s support for early childhood development. We are determined to give every child, regardless of circumstances, a good start in life” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This substantial investment is how we maximise every child’s potential, regardless of family circumstances,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Even as we support workers’ aspirations to work longer, we hear employers’ concerns,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This will help to free up cash for other household expenses," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These modest continuing adjustments are necessary for the payouts to keep up with basic retirement expenses,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is the government’s way of ensuring our system of taxes and transfers remains progressive and supports Singaporeans through the change, while enabling us to fund our future needs in a sustainable way,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Just as the global economy was beginning to recover, the coronavirus...outbreak hit us," "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy...Our first concern is to protect you and your families" External link

wsau Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This package aims to help enterprises identify business needs, adopt pre-approved digital technologies and take the first steps to enter new markts," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is to encourage Singaporeans to take action early to learn new skills and to make the best use of this period of economic slowdown," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Within each industry, we need to strengthen partnerships to deepen industry-wide capabiltiies. Even as our enterprises compete to differentiate themselves, they must come together to solve common challenges," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "For example, hotels can now take advantage of this lull period to carry out upgrading work, and be better prepared for the rebound," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With the large part of the risks taken up by the government, I trust that our financial institutions will do their part to support our viable SMEs" External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy," External link

cnbc Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Together with the Jobs Support Scheme, we will support employers in these sectors to retain and train more than 330,000 local workers," "These workers can make full use of the down time for training and upskilling to prepare for the recovery" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” “If needed, we can and are prepared to do more” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will not be able to put off the increase indefinitely. In fact, this outbreak has reinforced the importance of continued investment in our healthcare system, including the capability to deal with outbreaks" External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Usually, we try to settle the details as early as possible. This year, we could not, because of the COVID-19 outbreak," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 17, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Some sectors have been hard hit, such as tourism and transport, and we have already taken targeted measures to support them. But we can expect to see a broader impact on the economy,” “As confidence is affected, businesses and consumers could cut back on spending,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

mmtimes Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced," "Your well-being is of utmost importance" External link

business-standard Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

brownsvilleherald Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

news4jax Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

wivb Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

wral Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

mynews13 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

wivb Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:18:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

brownsvilleherald Tuesday, February 11, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

mynews13 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "bustling, dynamic and filled with opportunities" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 10, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “This includes preventing its further spread and developing better medical testing,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Infectious diseases are transboundary in nature,” “Countries can only overcome this challenge by stepping up measures within each country, and by collaborating with one another” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that every one of us will do our part as individuals to make sure that we take special precautions, and make sure that we observe good hygiene habits," "And importantly, to watch out and keep a lookout for information and make sure that we do not spread false information" External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “We have a whole package of measures ready, but I would like to see (how the situation) evolves before deciding on the final package,” External link

business-times Saturday, February 1, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that every one of us will do our part as individuals to make sure that we take special precautions, and make sure that we observe good hygiene habits. And importantly, to watch out and keep a lookout for information and make sure that we do not spread false information" External link

AsiaOne Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "So it is important for us to show our appreciation to all of them for the hard work that they have put in," External link

AsiaOne Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In that regard, I must say that I am very troubled that so many people are seeking to exploit these differences,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 20, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have already seen some semblances of nativist tendencies here in Singapore, such as some of the public discourse around foreigners. If we do not act decisively, and if we allow these forces to creep up on us, our hopes and concerns can be exploited to create fear and anger, our diversity can be turned against us, our unity can fray, and our society can wither," External link

business-times Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The way ahead will not be easy, but you have the unwavering commitment of the government, and from the 4G leadership. My colleagues and I will make every effort to build a future of progress for Singaporeans in the coming decades," External link

business-times Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There are many possibilities for us to work together, such as keeping Singapore safe and secure, developing the full potential of our people, growing our economy to create more opportunities and resources for our people, making sure Singapore will become a green, sustainable, and liveable city, and building a caring and cohesive community," External link

business-times Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are looking at measures to tackle these, even as we build for the longer term,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, January 2, 2020 7:09:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are looking at measures to tackle these, even as we build for the longer term,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, January 2, 2020 4:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "harness our diversity as a strength" External link

business-times Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “harness our diversity as a strength” External link

business-times Tuesday, December 31, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "harness our diversity as a strength" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “giving everyone a sense of hope and possibility” "For our seniors, we rolled out the Merdeka Generation Package this year. For our young families, we made owning their first home and preschool education for their children more affordable," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The latest talk of a 'phase one' limited trade deal offers some respite, but both sides are still quite far from a new model of constructive cooperation," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It is also about differences in their systems of governance and how their societies are organised, which stem from their own histories, cultures and values," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The aim of these policies is not to minimise or paper over our diversity," "We want to prevent walls from being erected and instead create more common space, for our peoples to share their experiences and views, to deepen mutual understanding and respect" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But this alone is not enough, as not everyone is able to keep pace," "Therefore we have to strengthen our social safety nets to ensure housing, education and healthcare remain accessible and affordable to all, to do more for the vulnerable among us" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "We also welcome our regional partners to use Singapore as a base to explore the world to build more bridges between our region and the rest of the international community," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The UK ) : “The fact we have the rule of law, protection of intellectual property and the agreements that we have with the European Union on investment protection, will serve as an important base to assure companies that we stand by what we say and do what we have committed to,” External link

laht Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Countries will need to keep pace with technology, and harness it to tackle common challenges and national priorities" External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat disse : "Cingapura está pronta para implantar inteligência artificial em escala nacional" External link

uol Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:56:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many seniors suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Many might be unaware of their conditions, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious medical complications” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Countries will need to keep pace with technology, and harness it to tackle common challenges and national priorities” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

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



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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Heng Swee Keat said : “During this time, we have received many requests from Singaporeans to display the National Flag as a rallying symbol of unity and resilience,” External link

AsiaOne Monday, June 1, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Take out your flags. Fly them high with pride. Stay the course as one people. We can and we will defeat the virus together. Majulah Singapura! ” External link

AsiaOne Monday, June 1, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “elections are coming nearer by the day” External link

AsiaOne Monday, June 1, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "elections are coming nearer by the day" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The sooner we get it done, the earlier we can rally everybody together to deal with these very significant challenges ahead, and also to deal with these very significant uncertainties in the months and years ahead," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The sooner that we can deal with the longer term challenges, the better Singaporeans will emerge out of this, and Singapore will emerge stronger. So I would say that, yes, elections are coming nearer by the day, and you have to be prepared for it. " External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Our financial position will be a lot weaker in the coming years. And I'm thinking hard about this, about what we need to do, and how we need to continue to find ways that we can manage this difficult financial situation," External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There is a range of projections on the expected job losses. We have taken that into account together with the number of new entrants that enter the labour market every year. So, this is how we've sized it, and I believe that for now, that will be sufficient. But if there is a need for us to do even more, we have the resources to do that" External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our economy is undergoing a sea change. Even as we navigate through the current storm, we must stay on course, and set our direction right, to prevail over the challenges ahead,” External link

straitstimesSG Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “a lot weaker in the coming years” External link

financialexpress Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “But for now, I think the most important thing is, first, keep our people safe and second, let’s get the economy going again, as much as possible,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The sooner we get it done, the earlier we can rally everybody together to deal with these very significant challenges ahead, and also to deal with these very significant uncertainties in the months and years ahead" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "elections are coming nearer by the day" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I would say that, yes, elections are coming nearer by the day," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It is not a set of issues that we deal with over the next six to nine months or one year, but a set of issues that we need to deal with over the next five and even 10 years for us to emerge stronger, for us to manage this crisis of a generation as best as we can,” “So it is important for all Singaporeans to begin to focus our minds on how we can come together to overcome this crisis of our generation and how we can then rally together to emerge stronger” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "public health considerations and public safety will be a foremost consideration" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "But for now, I think the most important thing is, first, keep our people safe and second, let's get the economy going again, as much as possible," "It will not be easy ... if we put our minds to it, we can emerge stronger, and with that, I think we can begin to rebuild our resources over time" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "After presenting four Budgets within such a short period of time, I will say that 'never say never'" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "That is why in this Budget I have a bigger contingent sum," "So I hope that we do not need to have another Budget in order to respond because if the situation deteriorates, it is going to be very very fast" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It's very important for us to provide a very focused support for our people who are seeking jobs – both those who have been retrenched as well as those new students, graduating students, from our ITEs, polytechnics and universities,” “This SGUnited Jobs and Skills package has a very clear component to create jobs, as well as traineeships and company-level traineeships in order to ensure that everyone who wants to learn something, who wants to do something, is able to do so” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With the digitalisation trend, if we can be far more efficient, we would have to worry less about machines taking over man in the job market. "For us, a combination of man and machines will be a very powerful one and therefore we must make the best use of how digitalisation can enable us to be more productive and more efficient,” “But in other sectors, like for instance the built environment, people associate the built environment with just construction work and hard labour," he added. "But actually, the built environment is a pretty sophisticated one. You have many Singaporeans who are employed as architects, engineers, draftsmen, quantity surveyors and project managers. These are good high paying jobs” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "I must caution that there is a limit to how far we can go," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In this way, we can marshal all our experiences and expertise to manage the huge changes that are coming our way,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly,” External link

thenews-pk Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package and the necessary response to an unprecedented crisis,” External link

geo-tv Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat says : "so that we can respond to urgent and unforeseen needs swiftly" External link

business-times Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly,” External link

businessday Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As we open up progressively, we will continue to give more support to businesses which are not yet ready to reopen, and workers who are still unable to resume work. The key is to reopen safely, and this needs to be done carefully," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Together with the Unity, Resilience and Solidarity budgets, the government has dedicated close to SGD 100 billion or nearly 20 per cent of the GDP to support Singaporeans in this battle against COVID-19," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This will help them sustain their innovation and entrepreneurship journey," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Taken together, our support in past Budgets and this Fortitude Budget will help tide businesses through their periods of closure, and to retain and rebuild core capabilities,” “Based on our current reopening plans, we expect most businesses to reopen by July. This support would enable most sectors to recover in the coming months” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As we open up progressively, we will continue to give more support to businesses which are not yet ready to reopen, and workers who are still unable to resume work. The key is to reopen safely, and this needs to be done carefully," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis,” “A distinctive feature of this Budget is that we are setting aside a bigger contingent sum. "We are dealing with unprecedented uncertainty, across all fronts. A bigger contingent sum will allow us to respond swiftly to fast-changing situations” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The battle against COVID-19 will be a long one. The road ahead will be uncertain, with more ups and down," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In our fight against COVID-19, our past reserves have been critical in enabling us to respond comprehensively and robustly to the situation at hand. We will have to deploy it in a deliberate manner, and at decisive moments, in this battle against COVID-19," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In the three weeks after the COVID-19 Support Grant started, we received about 46,000 applications," "We are committed to providing help to those who have been badly affected" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The public sector will bring forward our hiring to meet long-term needs, like early childhood education, healthcare and long-term care,” “Together with jobs to meet short-term needs related to COVID-19 operations, such as healthcare declaration assistants and swabbers, the public sector will create 15,000 jobs. Our agencies will also work with businesses to create 25,000 jobs” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government does not ordinarily intervene in contracts after they have been entered into,” “However, as the Minister for Law had explained in his second reading speech on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill, in exceptional situations such as this, the Government needs to intervene, through legislation, with temporary targeted steps to safeguard the economic structure for the common good” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : "thank all Singaporeans for doing our part in staying home for Singapore" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It has been an unprecedented crisis that is still changing rapidly,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In the three weeks after the COVID-19 Support Grant started, we received about 48,000 applications. We are committed to providing help to those who have been badly affected,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To enable this, I will provide a top-up of S$100 million, to add to the existing S$70 million budget for the Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This Fund will support our social service agencies to maintain service continuity, retain staff, and adopt technology to transform their work,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Regardless of age or resources, all members of our society should have access to digital resources, with no one left behind. To this end, we will provide help for specific groups,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As part of longer-term plans to support digital literacy for all students, MOE will accelerate the timeline for all secondary school students to own a digital learning device. The Minister for Education will announce details when ready,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The CPF Transition Offset scheme will similarly be deferred until after the higher contribution rates take effect," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will also ensure that these measures flow through to help sub-tenants, many of whom are SMEs," "This will dovetail with measures for SMEs being studied by the Minister for Law" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "These start-ups can also make full use of the SGUnited Traineeship scheme to bring in graduating students with deep interests in the fields they are exploring, and build up our talent base," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “more deeply embedded in our lives” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Those who are willing to transform will not be left behind,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “They should not be left behind as the whole economy transforms,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will be coupled with support to keep their business running and even acquire new revenue lines. We will help businesses to implement safe-management measures and business continuity strategies to adapt to new post-COVID-19 norms,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The Government will harness the talents of our best software engineers, AI experts, learning scientists and educators to develop the relevant pedagogy and build new digital platforms for online teaching and learning, and integrate the latest advancements in AI and learning sciences,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a landmark package and the necessary response to an unprecedented crisis," External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "facing an facing unprecedented level of uncertainties," External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Life will not return to what it was before Covid-19," "We must be prepared for tough times in the months ahead" External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The central focus of this budget is jobs,” “Large parts of the last three budgets were directed at protecting the livelihoods of our workers. In this budget, we will do even more” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will enhance our support for businesses which are ready to take their basic payment and invoicing functions digital,” External link

business-times Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The central focus of this budget is jobs,” “Large parts of the last three budgets were directed at protecting the livelihoods of our workers. In this budget, we will do even more” External link

bloomberg Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are dedicating close to S$100 billion to support our people in this battle, which is almost 20% of our GDP. This is a landmark package and the necessary response to an unprecedented crisis," External link

4-traders Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Those in your 40s and 50s are more anxious. We will help you turn anxiety into action," External link

AsiaOne Monday, May 25, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our generation must have courage in adversity, to adapt and to emerge stronger, just like our founding generation. This is why I have named the upcoming budget Fortitude," "Moving forward with Fortitude - as we stay United as one people, remain Resilient in the face of adversity and stand in Solidarity with one another" External link

AsiaOne Monday, May 25, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are making good progress towards building a more caring and inclusive society. We will build an even better tomorrow, with the strong support of social service agencies" External link

ibtimes-sg Sunday, May 24, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We shared learning points on this battle - from measures to contain the spread of the virus, to support for our companies and households," "We also discussed how we can steer our economies towards recovery as we gradually re-open, and explored areas to strengthen bilateral cooperation" External link

straitstimesSG Friday, May 22, 2020 12:42:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "We shared learning points on this battle - from measures to contain the spread of the virus, to support for our companies and households," "We also discussed how we can steer our economies towards recovery as we gradually re-open, and explored areas to strengthen bilateral cooperation. We also reaffirmed our longstanding and multi-faceted bilateral relationship and the need to work with each other," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We also discussed on how we can steer our economies towards recovery as we gradually re-open, and explored areas to strengthen bilateral cooperation,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Looking forward to meeting him in person when the pandemic passes,” External link

themalaymailonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Some companies have coped better than others. I am heartened that a number of them have come forward to return the first payment of JSS they received and to decline future payments," "I hope their exemplary action will inspire other companies that are doing well to consider doing the same" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 11, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are sympathetic to the challenges faced by these shareholder-directors,” “By supporting them, we hope that these shareholder-directors will be able to retain their own wages and livelihoods, just like how we would like them to retain their local employees” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 4, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With the support, we should work together to tide over this very difficult period," External link

straitstimesSG Friday, April 17, 2020 8:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a very significant support, and I hope that businesses do their part in keeping their workers, retaining them, so that we can emerge stronger after this," External link

straitstimesSG Friday, April 17, 2020 8:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As part of the Government’s efforts to help companies and workers with both cash and cashflow during this trying period, the implementing agencies have been working very hard to bring forward the first payouts under the Jobs Support Scheme to April," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Not everyone will need these cash payouts. I am very encouraged that many have written to me, my ministerial colleagues and MPs, that they do not need the cash payouts, and suggest that we give these to those who need the cash more. I thank fellow Singaporeans for your thoughtfulness,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Covid-19 fight still has a long way to go, and things will get tougher before they improve. But one way or other eventually it will pass - not next week, not next month, but perhaps within a year or two. " External link

straitstimesSG Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Let us use this crisis period well," "This will be a whole of nation effort, which will take our collective energies and ideas to do well" External link

straitstimesSG Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The Deputy ) : “The three Budgets make up our largest Budget in any one financial year, in dollar amount and as a percentage of GDP,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While we must make plans - and we are, at this hour - let us focus our minds fully on making the best use of this very unprecedented Budget, to build social and economic resilience," "And if there is a need, we have the institution of the Government and the elected President, to decide on how best to use our resources to manage a crisis" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “If we had succumbed to the political pressure to spend more of our reserves in good years, we would not have had the war chest to deal with critical moments, such as now. And to do even more, if necessary, even in the next term of Government,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Our ability to put together a support package for Singaporeans amounting to 12 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product), without borrowing against the country's future is testament to the optimal fiscal balance we've sought to maintain over the years," External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "By design, employers who reduce their employees' wages or put their employees on no-pay leave during this period will have their JSS payout reduced," External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : “They currently do not benefit from the cash payouts under the Care and Support Package, but are supporting the family in different ways, through this difficult period,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The primary aim of this solidarity budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures," External link

BangkokPost Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The circuit breaker is essential, but we are acutely aware that it will be painful," External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have the plans, and the financial resources to carry out these plans without burdening future generations with the bill," "The key now is how we pull together, in solidarity, as a nation to implement these plans, and make adjustments as the situation continues to evolve" External link

business-times Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, April 6, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The primary aim of this Solidarity Budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures,” External link

laht Monday, April 6, 2020 6:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The primary aim of this Solidarity Budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures," "We will also help businesses preserve their capacity and capabilities, to resume activities when the circuit breaker is lifted," External link

rttnews Monday, April 6, 2020 6:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, April 6, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary," External link

ibtimes-sg Monday, April 6, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The primary aim of this solidarity budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures,” External link

JakartaPost Monday, April 6, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The aim of this strong support is to directly reduce firms’ wage costs, to help them retain their workers. I expect firms to make use of this JSS support to continue paying your workers and refrain from putting workers on no-pay leave during this period, or worse, retrenching them,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The economy needs support and intervention in many different forms to go through this rough patch. I urge all businesses, landlords, financial institutions and industry players to do your part, in channelling the government’s support measures to firms, workers and households,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These measures will impact our workers and businesses severely,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The primary aim of this Solidarity Budget is to take further steps to save jobs and protect the livelihoods of our people during this temporary period of heightened measures,” “We will also help businesses preserve their capacity and capabilities, to resume activities when the circuit breaker is lifted” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is an unprecedented budget for extraordinary times,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The Government recognises that firms have been paying Foreign Worker Levies in normal times. So in these exceptional times, we are temporarily redirecting resources back to the firms, to enable them to provide support for their foreign workers" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With the significantly stricter pre-emptive measures needed to protect Singaporeans and our families, it is now necessary for us to propose a further draw on past reserves,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Not everyone will need these cash payouts. I am very encouraged that many have written to me, my ministerial colleagues and MPs, that they do not need the cash payouts, and suggest that we give these to those who need the cash more. I thank fellow Singaporeans for your thoughtfulness,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In these extraordinary times, many such self-employed persons are hard-hit. I hope that by our helping them, they too can help others in their networks, and their workers, and we keep the spirit of enterprise alive,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I will raise the wage subsidy for all firms to 75 per cent of gross monthly wages, for the first S$4,600 of wages paid in April 2020," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I expect firms to make use of this Jobs Support Scheme to continue paying your workers and refrain from putting workers on no-pay leave during this period, or worse, retrenching them," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 6, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The circuit breaker is essential, but we are acutely aware that it will be painful. It will disrupt businesses and impact workers severely," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To help them preserve their business structure and quickly resume operations, we will also provide employers with a foreign worker levy rebate of S$750 foreach work permit or S Pass holder, based on previous levies paid in 2020," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have the plans, and the financial resources to carry out these plans without burdening future generations with the bill," "We are grateful to our founding generation for their foresight and discipline. The key now is how we can pull together, in solidarity, as a nation to implement these plans, and make adjustments as the situation continues to evolve" External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The government stands ready to provide further support should it become necessary," External link

trust Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “As we do so, we must keep our spirits up and look out for each other, especially our seniors and the more vulnerable,” External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The economy needs support and intervention in many different forms to go through this rough patch. I urge all businesses, landlords, financial institutions and industry players to do your part, in channelling the government’s support measures to firms, workers and households," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In these extraordinary times, many such self-employed persons are hard-hit. I hope that by our helping them, they too can help others in their networks and their workers, and we keep the spirit of enterprise alive,” External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I urge those who can to donate to charities on the Giving.sg website or the Community Chest’s Courage Fund, or to directly share it with others," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "This is an unprecedented budget, for extraordinary times. The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The Government stands ready to provide further support, should it become necessary," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Government recognises that firms have been paying foreign worker levies in normal times. So in these exceptional times, we are temporarily redirecting resources back to the firms, to enable them to provide support for their foreign workers," External link

AsiaOne Monday, April 6, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The aim of this strong support is to directly reduce firms' wage costs, to help them retain their workers. I expect firms to make use of this Jobs Support Scheme to continue paying your workers and refrain from putting workers on no-pay leave during this period, or worse, retrenching them," "We will monitor the situation carefully together with our tripartite partners, and take action where needed" External link

AsiaOne Monday, April 6, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In this time of need, I am glad that mental health professionals and trained volunteers have stepped forward to offer their help in setting up the new hotline," External link

AsiaOne Monday, April 6, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many firms cannot operate at all or can only operate at a much reduced level in the coming weeks. But they should still retain and pay their workers,” External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : "Employers should take care of these workers who will also face difficulties during this circuit breaker period. By taking care of their workers, our firms can resume operations quickly once the heightened measures are lifted," External link

business-times Monday, April 6, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The COVID-19 situation has taken a very sharp turn, both globally and locally," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are implementing these painful but necessary measures to protect lives. The stronger the measures we adopt, the bigger the disruption and costs on businesses," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, April 4, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is undoubtedly a difficult month for many businesses. Additional help is on the way," "I hope that businesses can tide through this month, hold on to your workers, and resume activities once the circuit breaker is lifted. Together, we can pull through this crisis," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, April 4, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "We will also give additional support to households and vulnerable groups," External link

AsiaOne Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a way in which we can assure one another of our supply chain activity, and that is one way we can continue to have a security of supply” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Indeed we are looking into this” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "For now, let's concentrate on making the best use of what we already have in the Resilience package," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "at the moment, the industries – and certainly the aviation industry – are seeking to retain their workers as much as possible" "That is why, as part of the Resilience Budget, I allocated a higher level of support for industries which are most badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "For now, let's concentrate on making the best use of what we already have in the resilience package," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "at the moment, the industries – and certainly the aviation industry – are seeking to retain their workers as much as possible" "That is why, as part of the Resilience Budget, I allocated a higher level of support for industries which are most badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will see what happens but the good thing is that our fundamentals remain strong and the reasons why these companies want to invest in Singapore remain intact,” “While there will be a slowdown in investment, we expect to be able to continue with this data and in fact, to emerge stronger” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So we are looking at a very uncertain state of the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 30, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As finance minister, I'm very committed to making sure that our reserves are used properly, used only for the right purpose and the right purpose is when you face an extraordinary situation like this, we must be prepared to use it to support our people" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 27, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "Because of that, we wanted to make sure that we are able to protect Singaporeans," "Our first priority is to protect lives, protect livelihoods and therefore a big part of the Budget goes towards saving jobs, protecting our workers and ensuring that livelihoods are not badly disrupted" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 27, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “critical to enable overseas Singaporeans to return home and keep our supply lines for essential goods open” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 27, 2020 5:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are still able to support this unprecedented deficit, and still remain fiscally sustainable, because we have been disciplined in the use of past reserves, tapping it only in exceptional circumstances like these” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 27, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is more than twice the level of support provided during the global financial crisis. With this support from the Government, I urge employers to do your part to hold on to your workers,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 27, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Covid-19 is the single biggest shock that air hubs and airlines around the world have ever experienced. This will have a profound impact on the global aviation sector for years to come,” “If the aviation industry collapses in a crisis, it will be very hard to rebuild, and the recovery of the rest of the economy will be impeded” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, March 27, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to a unique situation," External link

business-times Friday, March 27, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We have saved up for a rainy day,” “The COVID-19 pandemic is already a mighty storm, and is still growing” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that those who receive support will use the resources wisely and responsibly, or channel it to those who may need it more," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "The Government will lead the way. We will do our best to anticipate and respond, make decisions based on facts and evidence, and exercise judgement when there are trade-offs" External link

ibtimes-sg Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Jobs will be protected, workers supported and livelihood protected," External link

ibtimes-sg Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “unprecedented crisis of a highly complex nature” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to a unique situation,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The President, Speaker, and both Deputy Speakers have informed me that they will join in and take a similar three-month pay cut in total," External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As more countries implement their measures, the economic disruptions will be wider, deeper, and more prolonged," "The global economy is now facing both a supply and demand shock" External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In economic terms alone, this will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence," External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are able to support this unprecedented deficit, and still remain fiscally sustainable, because we have been disciplined in the use of past reserves, tapping on it only in exceptional circumstances like these," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I?ve been informed that SIA is considering corporate action supported by Temasek holdings and will be making an announcement in due course," "I welcome Temasek's decision to support SIA" External link

4-traders Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will put more cash in the hands of all families to help them cope," External link

AsiaOne Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Over the last few weeks, I received feedback from the Labour Movement and many self-employed persons calling for stronger support for the self-employed, who have less income security, and whose livelihoods may be worse affected during this period of economic uncertainty,” External link

themalaymailonline Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "unprecedented crisis of a highly complex nature" External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In economic terms alone, this will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence" "This extraordinary situation calls for extraordinary measures," External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Many Singaporeans are concerned about how they will pay their bills and household expenses if their livelihoods are affected during this uncertain period. " External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will protect jobs, support our workers, and protect livelihoods,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will help support good companies with strong capabilities, and catalyse private sector loan capital. As the situation is fluid, we will seek to provide help where the credit needs are more acute,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “We have saved up for a rainy day,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “So, this is not a normal business cycle that we would have anticipated and dealt with using the revenues collected by each term of government,” “It is a ‘black swan’ event that comes only once every few decades” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In the past few years, we benefitted from unexpected revenue upsides, such as exceptional statutory board contributions from the Monetary Authority of Singapore and increased stamp duty collections,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “building the sector’s digital capabilities and establishing more digital arts platforms which can reach out to new audiences,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Some of them have less means and family support, and need help to tide over this difficult period,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In addition, trainees will be able to tap on their SkillsFuture Credit to further offset the course fees,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “With this support from the Government, I urge employers to do your part to hold on to your workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “an added boost for employers to emerge stronger from this crisis” “Under this programme, Workforce Singapore will co-share manpower costs with enterprises that offer traineeships targeted at local first-time jobseekers this year,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To help graduates who are worried about having to pay off their student loans while finding jobs in this economic climate, I will suspend all loan repayment and interest charges for one year," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The government will continue to monitor the situation closely, and do more as and when we need to,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Some families may require help urgently, while waiting for the new help measures to kick in,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The Jobs Support Scheme, Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme and enhanced Workfare Special Payment will help to sustain the employment and salaries of our workers, with more financial support for workers who earn less," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will also allow Singapore to retain a minimum level of connectivity to the world even during the pandemic,” “This is critical to enable overseas Singaporeans to return home and keep our supply lines for essential goods open” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are looking to support up to 8,000 traineeships this year, across both large and small enterprises," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope this will help many more workers, jobseekers and self-employed persons make use of the downtime to learn, develop new skills and stay employable," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that those who receive support will use the resources wisely and responsibly, or channel it to those who may need it more," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our self-help groups and CDCs have stepped up their efforts to help families and vulnerable groups through their own assistance schemes,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I strongly urge landlords to fully pass on the rebate to tenants, by reducing rentals, to directly ease the cash flow and cost pressures faced by tenants," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This extraordinary situation calls for extraordinary measures,” “We have saved up for a rainy day. The Covid-19 pandemic is already a mighty storm, and is still growing” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are facing an unprecedented crisis of a highly complex nature,” “In economic terms alone, this will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is more than twice the level of support provided during the Global Financial Crisis. With this support from the government, I urge employers to do your part to hold on to your workers," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our immediate priority is to save jobs, support our workers and protect livelihoods. Over one-third of the Resilience Budget is dedicated to this," External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “dedicating close to S$55 billion to support our people in this battle, amounting to 11 per cent of our GDP (gross domestic product)” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “This will likely be the worst economic contraction since independence,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “sustained support for self-employed persons to make full use of any downtime during this period to train and upskill” “Through these schemes, and with our many partners, we hope to provide a safety net for the self-employed during this outbreak,” External link

business-times Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is the first time that we are introducing a supplementary budget so soon after the main budget, reflecting how fast the situation has deteriorated over the past weeks," External link

business-times Monday, March 23, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "During the global financial crisis, trade dried up not because there was no demand, but because trade finance and trade insurance dried up. And trade finance and trade insurance dried up because there was a lack of confidence in both parties," External link

business-times Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "So, it depends on our assessment of the situation and I'm discussing (this) with the PM (Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong). The PM will set out his thinking," External link

business-standard Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "So it depends on our assessment of the situation and I'm discussing (this) with the PM. PM will set out his thinking," External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our first priority is the outbreak but, at the same time, we must look at how we can revive the economy," External link

4-traders Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "When residents feel comfortable that there's a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene, they'll come out and lead lives as normally as possible" External link

AsiaOne Monday, March 9, 2020 4:42:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “By realising synergies with our financial and services ecosystem, ADB can play an even more substantial role in meeting the region’s immense demand for infrastructure,” “Singapore is committed to furthering our partnership with ADB, including through project development, sharing of best practices and deal brokering, to promote strong, sustainable and inclusive growth for the region” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “They are recurrent needs, meaning that these needs will be there year after year. In fact, growing year after year. We need to fund them using recurrent revenue,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat announced : "Our vision is to phase out ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040," External link

ibtimes Sunday, March 1, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “We are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology,” External link

ibtimes Sunday, March 1, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 29, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence" External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 29, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are all in this together,” External link

csmonitor Friday, February 28, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "softening of the global economy, and the sudden COVID-19 outbreak," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, February 28, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There is no better time than now. Many businesses are already making use of the downtime they are experiencing to accelerate their efforts” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Supporting and strengthening families will always be a priority for us, and we will continue to look at how to do so effectively” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is how we should rise to the challenge of inequality in this day and age – by coming together as one people to uplift the less privileged amongst us, with the state providing strong foundations of opportunity and support” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “But if the situation deteriorates significantly and calls for us to tap on our past reserves, I will make a case to the President to seek her approval to do so,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “highly unusual and very fortunate position” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “If we did not have the NIRC, even doubling personal income tax, or doubling the GST rate to 14 per cent, would still not be enough,” “Tell me in which other country are citizens able to reap the benefits of past savings in this way?” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “It did not have to, but did so, to maintain the discipline that has allowed this unusual move in the first place,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “We did not have a single bank run. The S$150 billion remained untouched and returned to past reserves. Singaporeans’ money was safe,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our front-line workers, especially healthcare workers in the restructured hospitals, have shown outstanding courage and dedication. They are out there making daily sacrifices to fight this war against the unknown," "While we cannot thank them enough, we can show our appreciation and support in a tangible way," External link

AsiaOne Friday, February 28, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “we are all in this together” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have calibrated it to put sufficient purchasing power back into the economy, while injecting a boost of confidence. Advertisement. “In fact, our budget is higher than what most economists had expected. This took into account the context of the global slowdown and wider uncertainties," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This additional support totals over S$200 million, and is over and above the support from broad-based measures, which form the bulk of the support for them,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The situation in Malaysia is also evolving rapidly,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “There are important measures that we hope we can continue so we will respect the decision of the Malaysian leaders,” “I very much hope that we can continue our cooperation quickly and we will work with the government of the day to advance the many areas of bilateral cooperation we have embarked on” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 24, 2020 2:01:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will put in every effort to slow down the spread of the virus,” External link

asiatimes Friday, February 21, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our vision is to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040” External link

eco-business Friday, February 21, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Here we are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology. It also requires a significant increase in demand to justify the infrastructure investment,” External link

eco-business Friday, February 21, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We do not know how severe and how long this outbreak will be. Therefore, our current assessment is that what we are doing now is appropriate,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 20, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The government has been very prudent in the first few years of our term and I have enough firepower to deal with this for now,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “First and foremost, it is important for my party to win the support of our people,” “We’ll let Singaporean voters decide on which is the party that is best able to take them forward, able to navigate through these very difficult times” External link

gulf-times Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will put in every effort to slow down the spread of the virus,” External link

laht Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our immediate concern is to protect you and your families. We will put in every effort to slow down the spread of the virus," External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "we must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected" External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will continue to monitor the situation closely. If needed, we can and are prepared to do more," External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Through these partnerships, we have been able to do more and do better. And we are committed to make partnerships an integral part of how we will build our future Singapore" External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "we must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected" External link

business-times Wednesday, February 19, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : "With our fiscal prudence since the beginning of this term of government, we have sufficient accumulated fiscal surplus to fund the overall deficit in FY2020" External link

business-times Wednesday, February 19, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

taipeitimes Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat disse : “O surto vai certamente afetar a nossa economia” External link

diarioeconomico Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This directly helps needy households with one of their major cost-of-living items - food," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "through structural subsidies for education, housing and healthcare" "We are mindful that many families are facing greater pressures," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must also be prepared to deal with cyber threats as digitalisation becomes more pervasive," External link

zdnet Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As a low-lying island nation, rising sea levels threatens our very existence," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As a low-lying island nation, rising sea levels threatens our very existence," External link

trust Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will provide a pool of funds that our social service agencies can tap on to transform themselves for the future. I hope they make good use of this to strengthen their organisational capabilities, become more productive, enhance their service infrastructure and enhance their service infrastructure, in partnership with MSF and NCSS,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To ensure that the EEC remains helpful for PwDs to find employment and remain in the workforce, the Government will review the EEC after two years and make adjustments if necessary,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These funds provide a safety net for the low-income, by helping them to meet their daily expenses and healthcare fees,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I will set aside S$1 billion over the next three years to build up the Government’s cyber and data security capabilities, to safeguard citizens’ data and our critical information infrastructure systems,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This directly helps needy households with one of their major cost-of-living items - food," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "through structural subsidies for education, housing and healthcare" "We are mindful that many families are facing greater pressures," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will provide a pool of funds that our Social Service Agencies can tap on to transform themselves for the future. I hope they make good use of this to strengthen their organisational capabilities, become more productive, enhance their service infrastructure and enhance their service infrastructure, in partnership with MSF and NCSS,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “To ensure that the EEC remains helpful for PwDs to find employment and remain in the workforce, the Government will review the EEC after two years and make adjustments if necessary,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These funds provide a safety net for the low-income, by helping them to meet their daily expenses and healthcare fees,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is how we have been able to respond decisively to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, and support Singaporeans and our workers,” “And at the same time, to be able to set aside an Assurance Package for GST to help Singaporeans in the years ahead” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The domestic transport sector contributes a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Vehicles with internal combustion engines, or ICEs, also contribute to pollution, adversely affecting our health and quality of life,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “better reflect the current trends in vehicle efficiency” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “Here we are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology,” “It also requires a significant increase in demand to justify the infrastructure investment. This is a significant undertaking involving multiple agencies” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Total road tax, after the revision in methodology and the new lump-sum tax, will be higher for some EV models,” “However, EV buyers can expect to enjoy substantial cost savings because of the significant EV Early Adoption Incentive” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must also be prepared to deal with cyber threats, as digitalisation ebcomes more pervasive," "Data security is also a vital prerequisite and key enabler of Singapore's Digital Economy. It is key to preserving trust in a digitally connected world," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are being prudent to preserve fiscal buffers, to ensure that we have the wherewithal to stand our ground and bounce back quickly if the tide turns against us,” “This is how we have been able to respond decisively to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, and support Singaporeans and our workers,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This, together with the Stabilisation and Support Package, will impart a considerable fiscal boost to the economy to address near term concerns," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We must have the resolve to deal head-on with the existential threat of rising sea levels. Just as our pioneers planted the trees for us to enjoy, we must protect our island for future generations to come," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Just as the global economy was beginning to recover, the coronavirus...outbreak hit us," "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy...Our first concern is to protect you and your families" External link

ibtimes-sg Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "As a low-lying island nation, rising sea levels threatens our very existence," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

BangkokPost Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With over 1.9 million local employees in Singapore, this will cost the Government $1.3 billion and benefit all enterprises and their local employees," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With these enhancements, another $1.1 billion will go to about 90,000 enterprises, to benefit more than 700,000 Singaporean employees," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is a way of encouraging and augmenting family support for our seniors with fewer means in retirement," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But EVs do not pay fuel excise duties. Therefore, we will need to update our vehicular tax structure to preserve these two considerations," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "To ensure that the EEC remains helpful for PwDs to find employment and remain in the workforce, the government will review the EEC after two years and make adjustments if necessary," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are placing a significant bet on EVs, and leaning policy in that direction because it is the most promising technology,” “It also requires a significant increase in demand to justify the infrastructure investment. This is a significant undertaking involving multiple agencies” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Just as the global economy was beginning to recover, the coronavirus...outbreak hit us," "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy...Our first concern is to protect you and your families" External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is to encourage Singaporeans to take action early to learn new skills, and to make the best use of this period of economic slowdown,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “defray 90 per cent of out-of-pocket costs of business transformation, job redesign and skills training” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Anchor enterprises are supported by many SMEs (small and medium enterprises). By helping raise the skills of workers in these SMEs, the entire supply chain benefits,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our aim is to make this a mainstream pathway, with 12 per cent of each cohort going through these pathways, up from 3.5 per cent today,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In line with our focus on the role of industry in SkillsFuture, we will also recalibrate Government funding towards training providers and courses with a stronger link to job and wage outcomes,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “help them stay employable and move on to new jobs or new roles” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “step up to recruit, retain and retrain our local mid-career workers,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As enterprises restructure, the nature of jobs has changed … At the same time, with broader global shifts, exciting jobs will emerge. Our mid-career workers can seize these opportunities and do better for themselves and their families,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “At the same time, we recognise potential concerns of enterprises about the availability of skilled manpower in these sectors,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “The growth in S Pass holders must be sustainable. The Government has been working closely with industry and educational institutions to build up a pipeline of local manpower, including mid-career workers,” “We want them to have fair opportunities to grow, while supporting the manpower needs of enterprises” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Together, the Care and Support Package will provide a young family with about S$1,300. A three-generation family can receive more – about S$1,800,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : ”This directly helps needy households with one of their major cost of living items – food,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I spoke about how we are committing to global efforts, managing our carbon constraints, and building a sustainable Singapore, together. We must try hard and we will do our part,” “But the course of climate change depends on the commitment of all nations. The risk of rising sea levels remains significant. So our fourth strategic thrust is to prepare our island for rising sea levels” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat explained : “We must have the resolve to deal head-on with the existential threat of rising sea levels,” “Just as our pioneers planted the trees for us to enjoy today, we must protect our island for future generations to come” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “While MTI’s baseline is for GDP growth to come in at 0.5 per cent for the full year, we must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “economy-wide support to help enterprises with cash flow” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will continue to monitor the situation closely. If needed, we can and are prepared to do more,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many Singaporeans want to top up their own, their spouse’s or parents’ CPF accounts,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I will expand the threshold for lifetime wages and per capita household income to cover more seniors,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These enhancements underscore the Government’s commitment to provide seniors with greater assurance in retirement, and reflect the values we hold dear, such as taking care of our parents and seniors” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These modest continuing adjustments are necessary for the payouts to keep up with basic retirement expenses,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Good education provides a strong foundation for children to grow, realise their aspirations, and continue a journey of lifelong learning,” “We have committed to decisive shifts in the Government’s support for early childhood development. We are determined to give every child, regardless of circumstances, a good start in life” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This substantial investment is how we maximise every child’s potential, regardless of family circumstances,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Even as we support workers’ aspirations to work longer, we hear employers’ concerns,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This will help to free up cash for other household expenses," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “These modest continuing adjustments are necessary for the payouts to keep up with basic retirement expenses,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This is the government’s way of ensuring our system of taxes and transfers remains progressive and supports Singaporeans through the change, while enabling us to fund our future needs in a sustainable way,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This year we usher in a new decade, one marked by tectonic shifts in our operating environment, and major uncertainties,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Just as the global economy was beginning to recover, the coronavirus...outbreak hit us," "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy...Our first concern is to protect you and your families" External link

wsau Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This package aims to help enterprises identify business needs, adopt pre-approved digital technologies and take the first steps to enter new markts," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I strongly urge landlords to pass this on to their tenants by reducing rentals,” External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is to encourage Singaporeans to take action early to learn new skills and to make the best use of this period of economic slowdown," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Within each industry, we need to strengthen partnerships to deepen industry-wide capabiltiies. Even as our enterprises compete to differentiate themselves, they must come together to solve common challenges," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "For example, hotels can now take advantage of this lull period to carry out upgrading work, and be better prepared for the rebound," External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With the large part of the risks taken up by the government, I trust that our financial institutions will do their part to support our viable SMEs" External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The outbreak will certainly impact our economy," External link

cnbc Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Together with the Jobs Support Scheme, we will support employers in these sectors to retain and train more than 330,000 local workers," "These workers can make full use of the down time for training and upskilling to prepare for the recovery" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” “If needed, we can and are prepared to do more” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We will not be able to put off the increase indefinitely. In fact, this outbreak has reinforced the importance of continued investment in our healthcare system, including the capability to deal with outbreaks" External link

business-times Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Usually, we try to settle the details as early as possible. This year, we could not, because of the COVID-19 outbreak," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 17, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Some sectors have been hard hit, such as tourism and transport, and we have already taken targeted measures to support them. But we can expect to see a broader impact on the economy,” “As confidence is affected, businesses and consumers could cut back on spending,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

mmtimes Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced," "Your well-being is of utmost importance" External link

business-standard Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:08:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

brownsvilleherald Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

news4jax Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:25:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

wivb Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

wral Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

mynews13 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

wivb Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” “Your well-being is of utmost importance” External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:18:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

brownsvilleherald Tuesday, February 11, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Depending on how the situation changes in the coming days, additional measures may be introduced,” External link

mynews13 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "bustling, dynamic and filled with opportunities" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 10, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “This includes preventing its further spread and developing better medical testing,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Infectious diseases are transboundary in nature,” “Countries can only overcome this challenge by stepping up measures within each country, and by collaborating with one another” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that every one of us will do our part as individuals to make sure that we take special precautions, and make sure that we observe good hygiene habits," "And importantly, to watch out and keep a lookout for information and make sure that we do not spread false information" External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat told : “We have a whole package of measures ready, but I would like to see (how the situation) evolves before deciding on the final package,” External link

business-times Saturday, February 1, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I hope that every one of us will do our part as individuals to make sure that we take special precautions, and make sure that we observe good hygiene habits. And importantly, to watch out and keep a lookout for information and make sure that we do not spread false information" External link

AsiaOne Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "So it is important for us to show our appreciation to all of them for the hard work that they have put in," External link

AsiaOne Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “In that regard, I must say that I am very troubled that so many people are seeking to exploit these differences,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 20, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have already seen some semblances of nativist tendencies here in Singapore, such as some of the public discourse around foreigners. If we do not act decisively, and if we allow these forces to creep up on us, our hopes and concerns can be exploited to create fear and anger, our diversity can be turned against us, our unity can fray, and our society can wither," External link

business-times Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The way ahead will not be easy, but you have the unwavering commitment of the government, and from the 4G leadership. My colleagues and I will make every effort to build a future of progress for Singaporeans in the coming decades," External link

business-times Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "There are many possibilities for us to work together, such as keeping Singapore safe and secure, developing the full potential of our people, growing our economy to create more opportunities and resources for our people, making sure Singapore will become a green, sustainable, and liveable city, and building a caring and cohesive community," External link

business-times Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are looking at measures to tackle these, even as we build for the longer term,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, January 2, 2020 7:09:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are looking at measures to tackle these, even as we build for the longer term,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, January 2, 2020 4:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "harness our diversity as a strength" External link

business-times Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “harness our diversity as a strength” External link

business-times Tuesday, December 31, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "harness our diversity as a strength" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “giving everyone a sense of hope and possibility” "For our seniors, we rolled out the Merdeka Generation Package this year. For our young families, we made owning their first home and preschool education for their children more affordable," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The latest talk of a 'phase one' limited trade deal offers some respite, but both sides are still quite far from a new model of constructive cooperation," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It is also about differences in their systems of governance and how their societies are organised, which stem from their own histories, cultures and values," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The aim of these policies is not to minimise or paper over our diversity," "We want to prevent walls from being erected and instead create more common space, for our peoples to share their experiences and views, to deepen mutual understanding and respect" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "But this alone is not enough, as not everyone is able to keep pace," "Therefore we have to strengthen our social safety nets to ensure housing, education and healthcare remain accessible and affordable to all, to do more for the vulnerable among us" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "We also welcome our regional partners to use Singapore as a base to explore the world to build more bridges between our region and the rest of the international community," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, November 22, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about The UK ) : “The fact we have the rule of law, protection of intellectual property and the agreements that we have with the European Union on investment protection, will serve as an important base to assure companies that we stand by what we say and do what we have committed to,” External link

laht Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:53:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Countries will need to keep pace with technology, and harness it to tackle common challenges and national priorities" External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat disse : "Cingapura está pronta para implantar inteligência artificial em escala nacional" External link

uol Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:56:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many seniors suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Many might be unaware of their conditions, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious medical complications” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Countries will need to keep pace with technology, and harness it to tackle common challenges and national priorities” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

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



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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