Heng Swee Keat

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Heng Swee Keat said : "We must not undermine what has made us successful, by closing ourselves off from the world," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of Covid-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," External link

albawaba-en Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of Covid-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health,” “This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but equally important, it will contribute valuable insights to improving the health of people all over the world” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are also in discussion with other parties to expand travel arrangements," "Singapore will also continue to promote regional cooperation and deepen our bilateral relationships" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many Singaporeans love to travel but are unable to do so now … but I hope Singaporeans will take the opportunity to explore our local culture and heritage, nature, art, and architecture,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, September 14, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A lot of them have funded it through borrowing and somebody has to pay for those borrowing. Who? Future generations,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “remain open to investment and talent from around the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 31, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must therefore ensure that our fiscal balance is put back on a stable path when the economy recovers,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, August 28, 2020 3:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A comprehensive review of the Government’s medium-term policy agenda is needed, in order to tackle new challenges but also seize new opportunities, so that Singapore can manage this crisis well and continue to thrive in a post-COVID-19 world,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our RIE plan for the next five years will strengthen the partnership with industries and create new opportunities for Singapore,” “It will also ensure that Singapore remains resilient in the face of new challenges, beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will set up more of such platforms to meet emerging industry needs and better equip existing centres of innovation to support our enterprises to adopt new technologies,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will contribute to our national efforts to address climate change, and enhance the quality of living in Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our labor movement puts it, we cannot protect every job, but we will protect every worker,” External link

voanews-sw Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our labor movement puts it, we cannot protect every job, but we will protect every worker,” External link

voanews Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I urge all businesses to make full use of this additional support to retain and upskill your workers, and to transform your operations for the post-Covid-19 world. This will enable you to spring back faster when the recovery comes," External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The continued support in our fight against COVID-19 will cost S$8 billion," External link

ibtimes-sg Monday, August 17, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We designed our measures to give us flexibility for adjustments as the crisis progresses," "Some of these measures are ending soon" External link

rttnews Monday, August 17, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We cannot sustain the JSS at current levels. It draws heavily on our reserves and risks trapping our workers in unviable businesses. Some sectors are also recovering faster than others," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 17, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The continued support in our fight against Covid-19 will cost S$8 billion," External link

BangkokPost Monday, August 17, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will provide cost relief for our airlines, ground handlers, cargo agents, and airport tenants. This package will also support our local carriers to regain our air connectivity to the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 17, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many Singaporeans love to travel but are unable to do so now … but I hope Singaporeans will take the opportunity to explore our local culture and heritage, nature, art, and architecture,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 17, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I will widen the eligibility of this special payment to include those who were not on Workfare last year but have received or will be receiving Workfare for work done this year,” “Our labour market is likely to remain weak beyond 2020. We are studying how to continue supporting employees and self-employed persons who are most vulnerable,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 17, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : "Firms that have invested in innovation were able to nimbly pivot to new opportunities during this crisis," "Our startups are also contributing to economic growth and our efforts against Covid-19" External link

business-times Monday, August 17, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The continued support in our fight against COVID-19 will cost S$8 billion," External link

4-traders Monday, August 17, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated in many parts of the world. Since May, the total number of cases has tripled to 20 million. The global economy has taken a very severe hit, and the situation could get worse," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 14, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “The road ahead will be tough, but with determination and a spirit of enterprise and collaboration, we can come out of this crisis stronger,” External link

business-times Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Nursing is more than a job. It is a calling with a deep purpose. I'm glad that you have answered the call of duty," External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "we want to hear how the crisis has impacted you, and how we can work together on your ideas to take Singapore forward" External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Because of the structural changes that I spoke about earlier, there (is) a significant change... in how we need to help our workers acquire new skills for us to create new jobs, and then embrace our workers and new jobs, and also to retain as many of our workers as possible,” External link

themalaymailonline Sunday, July 26, 2020 5:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "During this period of economic uncertainty, many of our workers are gooing throuogh a tough time. Our lower-income workers in particular, have less to fall back on" External link

business-times Friday, July 24, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In an increasingly complex and uncertain world, our ability to work together and innovate will give us an edge in seeking opportunities at home and abroad. Our strengths at home will enable us to contribute to the global community," External link

business-times Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I urge all employers to do your utmost to retain your staff, and to take the opportunity to transform your operations and upskill your employees during this period,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 20, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "For our East Coast residents, we also have a plan for the East Coast. We have a East Coast, Singapore, we have a together and East Coast plan. We care at the East Coast," External link

ibtimes-sg Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our merchants are creative. I'm happy that we started a small business going" External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Voters are entitled to know what Workers’ Party’s stand is. They should not be made to think that the Workers’ Party will refuse NCMP seats, the opposition risks extinction, and so vote for them," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sylvia Lim ) : "In fact, the Workers’ Party chairman Ms Sylvia Lim was first an NCMP from 2006, before becoming an MP in 2011," "I urge voters to ask yourselves – if it is really a matter of principle that the Workers’ Party is opposing the NCMP system, why have they taken up the NCMP positions all these years?" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "At least Dr Tan Cheng Bock of PSP has been upfront. He has declared that he will not accept an NCMP seat if offered one," "But he may have forgotten that in 1984, when the scheme was debated in Parliament, he supported having NCMPs" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "When you vote, you are choosing the next government for the country. Not just who is your local MP, who is going to speak up in Parliament, or look after your town council" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Mr Singh ) : "Mr Singh is effectively saying – don’t worry, the PAP will still have a strong mandate, even if the Workers’ Party wins four GRCs and two SMCs. " External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "By voting the PAP, Singaporeans will give us a strong and clear mandate to form the next Government to take Singapore through this crisis and emerge stronger," "At the same time, you are assured that opposition and alternative voices will continue to be heard in Parliament. Opposition voices will not be wiped out" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Somebody asked me the other day when I was walking. He said: ‘Mr Heng, why don't you put more money in the pocket. Why are you giving money to companies - is it to save companies?” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, July 4, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Let me be clear. The government has never proposed or targeted for Singapore to increase the population to 10 million," External link

AsiaOne Friday, July 3, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Far from endorsing this, I had explained that our population size was not just about physical space, but also about social space and how we can preserve a sense of togetherness," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Taken together with our additional support for education, this will relieve pressure on ‘sandwiched’ Singaporeans who are caring for both their children as well as their parents,” External link

business-times Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We’ll continue to invest in the education of our young, with special support for those with greater needs,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “lead Singapore through the storms ahead” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "As the Straits Times clarified this morning, I did not say that Singapore should plan to increase its population to 10 million people, nor did I mention the figure" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "Far from endorsing this, I had explained that our population size was not just about physical space, but also about social space and how we can preserve a sense of togetherness," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "Let me be clear: The Government has never proposed or targeted for Singapore to increase its population to 10 million," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have to look at the jobs rather holistically. What we need to do is not just to protect jobs, but also to create good jobs," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote ( about Lim Swee Say ) : "About 18 months back, I had a long dinner with Swee Say," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The question was: should I move to East Coast? I thought long and hard about it. After serving for almost a decade, I am very attached to Tampines and the people there," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "If I move, I can do my part in East Coast. We cannot afford a gap in East Coast in these uncertain times," "We need a full team that can take care of the residents and position them to come out of this crisis stronger than before. I told PM, I will move to East Coast" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our team looks forward to working together with our residents, to get through this crisis safely, to continue to build the East Coast spirit of care and support for one another, and to emerge stronger," "We will build on the good work by Swee Say, Yi Shyan, and the team. There is so much to learn, and I will work hard to learn it" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Secretary-general Mr Lee Hsien Loong has already made his stance clear; you can see the exchange of letters (between the two),” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat stated : “The key is whether the individual has the heart to serve all Singaporeans,” External link

AsiaOne Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It's very important for us to address this clearly because we expect all our candidates to be able to stand up and to be able to address any concerns that may be raised about them," External link

ibtimes-sg Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I have emphasised that character and integrity are important in our candidates, and if there are any complaints, it should be properly verified,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I have emphasised that integrity and character are very important in our candidates. If there's any complaints, it should be properly clarified,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So it's very important for us to address this,” “We expect our candidates to be able to stand up and address any concerns that were raised about them. The key as I mentioned, is whether that individual has the heart to serve all Singaporeans. And this is most important for us, you must have the heart to serve all citizens” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I’m very glad to see that many (residents) have told me that whether they are stallholders or whether they are workers, that the Budget measures have been effective in helping them,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “My aim of this visit is to understand how the policies that we are making at the national level, how ... it translates to benefits for people on the ground,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I have emphasised that character and integrity are important in our candidates, and if there are any complaints, it should be properly verified,” “I would like to see Ivan himself coming out to clarify these comments so that we can hear both sides of the story” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "What we hope to have is a team that is sufficiently diverse for us to reach out to all Singaporeans from different segments of society, different walks of life, different professions" External link

AsiaOne Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "What has been very encouraging for us is that we have now seen many Singaporeans who have taken the opportunity of embarking on very different pathways, whether it is education or in their career aspirations, or in the courses they are interested in, and being able to make headway to develop themselves fully in this process. " External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Of course, we have been putting our candidates on the ground now. I noticed that the media have also been speculating as to who is going where and so on. In a few days' time, you will know," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “build new sources of dynamism in a post-COVID world” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

bworldcom Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember — once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

bworldcom Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

bworldcom Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must support our businesses and workers to ride on these trends, and reimagine our economy for a post-Covid future,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 20, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” “But we are going further, investing to give everyone a springboard, to bounce back from this even stronger” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Such projects keep us connected to the world, makes travelling within Singapore faster and more pleasant, and gives us all beautiful homes,” “We will also rejuvenate our island into a cleaner and greener Singapore, and a city in nature for our people to enjoy” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “The key is speed and agility,” “Successful projects will become new shoots of growth, and generate new jobs” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Let us collect the stories of kindness and courage, the stories of everyday heroes, and tell and retell them,” “Let our children reflect and deepen our values in action, so that they grow up united and resilient, and go forward in solidarity and with fortitude” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember -- once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:52:00 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 Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is one way the Government supports businesses which are able to innovate and increase the productivity of their workforce – a win-win-win for workers, businesses and Singapore" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Even as the COVID-19 situation evolves, our priorities remain the same – to keep our workers employed and help viable businesses stay afloat,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:37:00 AM 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 Monday, June 8, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “learn new skills and embark on new careers” External link

AsiaOne Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must work to prevent a ‘COVID generation’ of workers and students in Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must undertake this great exercise of economic restructuring together, as equal partners and as one people, in the creation of a new Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Adding the COVID-19 response to our usual spending, the total size of our four Budgets stands at S$193 billion. This is more than double the size of our annual Budgets in preceding years,” “In other words, we are looking to spend in one year what we would have done in two years or more in normal times” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "These heavy and rising expenditures were known even before the outbreak of Covid-19," External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With this differentiated and principled fiscal strategy, each generation rightly pays for the benefits that they enjoy, and we do not saddle future generations with our bills," External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "both the unprecedented levels of severity, as well as uncertainty, of this crisis" External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In sizing it, we have run some 'what if' scenarios, including the possibility that we may experience a setback in our fight against Covid-19, or the global economy does much worse than currently expected," External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While interest rates may be low now, there is no certainty that we will be able to repay accumulated debt obligations in the future. This is especially so with the uncertain economic outlook, where all countries, including Singapore, will be operating in a tighter fiscal space" External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

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

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



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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Vivian Balakrishnan said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “We are — all of us, in complete unity — behind the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, so there is no need for any discussions or questions on that. We are in absolute unity under his lead,” External link

themalaymailonline Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Vivian Balakrishnan said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "There's one further point which I would make on behalf of the 4G (leaders), and that is that we are all of us in complete unity behind the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. So there's no need for any discussions or questions on that. I mean, we are in absolute unity under his leadership," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Somebody asked me the other day when I was walking. He said: ‘Mr Heng, why don't you put more money in the pocket. Why are you giving money to companies - is it to save companies?” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, July 4, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Lim Swee Say added ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "That's the reason why I respect Swee Keat tremendously, because he is somebody who knows a lot, he is somebody who cares a lot, he has one of the best brains in Singapore, but more importantly, he has one of the most caring hearts in Singapore," External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "in an election you fight to win, but you are never absolutely certain that you would win" "We send somebody where we think he has a good chance of winning, and I'm quite sure that Swee Keat will put his all to make sure that he gets a good outcome in East Coast," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

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Heng Swee Keat said : "We must not undermine what has made us successful, by closing ourselves off from the world," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of Covid-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," External link

albawaba-en Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of Covid-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health,” “This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but equally important, it will contribute valuable insights to improving the health of people all over the world” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We are also in discussion with other parties to expand travel arrangements," "Singapore will also continue to promote regional cooperation and deepen our bilateral relationships" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many Singaporeans love to travel but are unable to do so now … but I hope Singaporeans will take the opportunity to explore our local culture and heritage, nature, art, and architecture,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, September 14, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A lot of them have funded it through borrowing and somebody has to pay for those borrowing. Who? Future generations,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “remain open to investment and talent from around the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 31, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must therefore ensure that our fiscal balance is put back on a stable path when the economy recovers,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, August 28, 2020 3:16:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “A comprehensive review of the Government’s medium-term policy agenda is needed, in order to tackle new challenges but also seize new opportunities, so that Singapore can manage this crisis well and continue to thrive in a post-COVID-19 world,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Our RIE plan for the next five years will strengthen the partnership with industries and create new opportunities for Singapore,” “It will also ensure that Singapore remains resilient in the face of new challenges, beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We will set up more of such platforms to meet emerging industry needs and better equip existing centres of innovation to support our enterprises to adopt new technologies,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will contribute to our national efforts to address climate change, and enhance the quality of living in Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our labor movement puts it, we cannot protect every job, but we will protect every worker,” External link

voanews-sw Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “As our labor movement puts it, we cannot protect every job, but we will protect every worker,” External link

voanews Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "I urge all businesses to make full use of this additional support to retain and upskill your workers, and to transform your operations for the post-Covid-19 world. This will enable you to spring back faster when the recovery comes," External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The continued support in our fight against COVID-19 will cost S$8 billion," External link

ibtimes-sg Monday, August 17, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We designed our measures to give us flexibility for adjustments as the crisis progresses," "Some of these measures are ending soon" External link

rttnews Monday, August 17, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We cannot sustain the JSS at current levels. It draws heavily on our reserves and risks trapping our workers in unviable businesses. Some sectors are also recovering faster than others," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 17, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The continued support in our fight against Covid-19 will cost S$8 billion," External link

BangkokPost Monday, August 17, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “This will provide cost relief for our airlines, ground handlers, cargo agents, and airport tenants. This package will also support our local carriers to regain our air connectivity to the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 17, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Many Singaporeans love to travel but are unable to do so now … but I hope Singaporeans will take the opportunity to explore our local culture and heritage, nature, art, and architecture,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 17, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I will widen the eligibility of this special payment to include those who were not on Workfare last year but have received or will be receiving Workfare for work done this year,” “Our labour market is likely to remain weak beyond 2020. We are studying how to continue supporting employees and self-employed persons who are most vulnerable,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, August 17, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat noted : "Firms that have invested in innovation were able to nimbly pivot to new opportunities during this crisis," "Our startups are also contributing to economic growth and our efforts against Covid-19" External link

business-times Monday, August 17, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The continued support in our fight against COVID-19 will cost S$8 billion," External link

4-traders Monday, August 17, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated in many parts of the world. Since May, the total number of cases has tripled to 20 million. The global economy has taken a very severe hit, and the situation could get worse," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 14, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : “The road ahead will be tough, but with determination and a spirit of enterprise and collaboration, we can come out of this crisis stronger,” External link

business-times Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Nursing is more than a job. It is a calling with a deep purpose. I'm glad that you have answered the call of duty," External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "we want to hear how the crisis has impacted you, and how we can work together on your ideas to take Singapore forward" External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Because of the structural changes that I spoke about earlier, there (is) a significant change... in how we need to help our workers acquire new skills for us to create new jobs, and then embrace our workers and new jobs, and also to retain as many of our workers as possible,” External link

themalaymailonline Sunday, July 26, 2020 5:20:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "During this period of economic uncertainty, many of our workers are gooing throuogh a tough time. Our lower-income workers in particular, have less to fall back on" External link

business-times Friday, July 24, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In an increasingly complex and uncertain world, our ability to work together and innovate will give us an edge in seeking opportunities at home and abroad. Our strengths at home will enable us to contribute to the global community," External link

business-times Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I urge all employers to do your utmost to retain your staff, and to take the opportunity to transform your operations and upskill your employees during this period,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 20, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "For our East Coast residents, we also have a plan for the East Coast. We have a East Coast, Singapore, we have a together and East Coast plan. We care at the East Coast," External link

ibtimes-sg Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our merchants are creative. I'm happy that we started a small business going" External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:50:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Voters are entitled to know what Workers’ Party’s stand is. They should not be made to think that the Workers’ Party will refuse NCMP seats, the opposition risks extinction, and so vote for them," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Sylvia Lim ) : "In fact, the Workers’ Party chairman Ms Sylvia Lim was first an NCMP from 2006, before becoming an MP in 2011," "I urge voters to ask yourselves – if it is really a matter of principle that the Workers’ Party is opposing the NCMP system, why have they taken up the NCMP positions all these years?" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "At least Dr Tan Cheng Bock of PSP has been upfront. He has declared that he will not accept an NCMP seat if offered one," "But he may have forgotten that in 1984, when the scheme was debated in Parliament, he supported having NCMPs" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "When you vote, you are choosing the next government for the country. Not just who is your local MP, who is going to speak up in Parliament, or look after your town council" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Mr Singh ) : "Mr Singh is effectively saying – don’t worry, the PAP will still have a strong mandate, even if the Workers’ Party wins four GRCs and two SMCs. " External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "By voting the PAP, Singaporeans will give us a strong and clear mandate to form the next Government to take Singapore through this crisis and emerge stronger," "At the same time, you are assured that opposition and alternative voices will continue to be heard in Parliament. Opposition voices will not be wiped out" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Somebody asked me the other day when I was walking. He said: ‘Mr Heng, why don't you put more money in the pocket. Why are you giving money to companies - is it to save companies?” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, July 4, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Let me be clear. The government has never proposed or targeted for Singapore to increase the population to 10 million," External link

AsiaOne Friday, July 3, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Far from endorsing this, I had explained that our population size was not just about physical space, but also about social space and how we can preserve a sense of togetherness," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Taken together with our additional support for education, this will relieve pressure on ‘sandwiched’ Singaporeans who are caring for both their children as well as their parents,” External link

business-times Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We’ll continue to invest in the education of our young, with special support for those with greater needs,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “lead Singapore through the storms ahead” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "As the Straits Times clarified this morning, I did not say that Singapore should plan to increase its population to 10 million people, nor did I mention the figure" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : "Far from endorsing this, I had explained that our population size was not just about physical space, but also about social space and how we can preserve a sense of togetherness," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote : "Let me be clear: The Government has never proposed or targeted for Singapore to increase its population to 10 million," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "We have to look at the jobs rather holistically. What we need to do is not just to protect jobs, but also to create good jobs," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat wrote ( about Lim Swee Say ) : "About 18 months back, I had a long dinner with Swee Say," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "The question was: should I move to East Coast? I thought long and hard about it. After serving for almost a decade, I am very attached to Tampines and the people there," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "If I move, I can do my part in East Coast. We cannot afford a gap in East Coast in these uncertain times," "We need a full team that can take care of the residents and position them to come out of this crisis stronger than before. I told PM, I will move to East Coast" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Our team looks forward to working together with our residents, to get through this crisis safely, to continue to build the East Coast spirit of care and support for one another, and to emerge stronger," "We will build on the good work by Swee Say, Yi Shyan, and the team. There is so much to learn, and I will work hard to learn it" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Secretary-general Mr Lee Hsien Loong has already made his stance clear; you can see the exchange of letters (between the two),” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat stated : “The key is whether the individual has the heart to serve all Singaporeans,” External link

AsiaOne Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "It's very important for us to address this clearly because we expect all our candidates to be able to stand up and to be able to address any concerns that may be raised about them," External link

ibtimes-sg Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I have emphasised that character and integrity are important in our candidates, and if there are any complaints, it should be properly verified,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I have emphasised that integrity and character are very important in our candidates. If there's any complaints, it should be properly clarified,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “So it's very important for us to address this,” “We expect our candidates to be able to stand up and address any concerns that were raised about them. The key as I mentioned, is whether that individual has the heart to serve all Singaporeans. And this is most important for us, you must have the heart to serve all citizens” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I’m very glad to see that many (residents) have told me that whether they are stallholders or whether they are workers, that the Budget measures have been effective in helping them,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “My aim of this visit is to understand how the policies that we are making at the national level, how ... it translates to benefits for people on the ground,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “I have emphasised that character and integrity are important in our candidates, and if there are any complaints, it should be properly verified,” “I would like to see Ivan himself coming out to clarify these comments so that we can hear both sides of the story” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "What we hope to have is a team that is sufficiently diverse for us to reach out to all Singaporeans from different segments of society, different walks of life, different professions" External link

AsiaOne Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "What has been very encouraging for us is that we have now seen many Singaporeans who have taken the opportunity of embarking on very different pathways, whether it is education or in their career aspirations, or in the courses they are interested in, and being able to make headway to develop themselves fully in this process. " External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "Of course, we have been putting our candidates on the ground now. I noticed that the media have also been speculating as to who is going where and so on. In a few days' time, you will know," External link

ibtimes-sg Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “build new sources of dynamism in a post-COVID world” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

bworldcom Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember — once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

bworldcom Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

bworldcom Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must support our businesses and workers to ride on these trends, and reimagine our economy for a post-Covid future,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 20, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” “But we are going further, investing to give everyone a springboard, to bounce back from this even stronger” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Such projects keep us connected to the world, makes travelling within Singapore faster and more pleasant, and gives us all beautiful homes,” “We will also rejuvenate our island into a cleaner and greener Singapore, and a city in nature for our people to enjoy” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “The key is speed and agility,” “Successful projects will become new shoots of growth, and generate new jobs” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Let us collect the stories of kindness and courage, the stories of everyday heroes, and tell and retell them,” “Let our children reflect and deepen our values in action, so that they grow up united and resilient, and go forward in solidarity and with fortitude” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “All countries, including us, are providing immediate support, to provide a cushion,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are very grateful to our past generations, whose blood, sweat and tears left us with these deep financial reserves,” “So let us remember -- once we have recovered from this crisis, our generation must build back better” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We are doing our best to keep viable businesses afloat, helping them hold on to their workers for as long as possible, so that you can preserve your livelihoods,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:52:00 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 Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "This is one way the Government supports businesses which are able to innovate and increase the productivity of their workforce – a win-win-win for workers, businesses and Singapore" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat added : “Even as the COVID-19 situation evolves, our priorities remain the same – to keep our workers employed and help viable businesses stay afloat,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:37:00 AM 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 Monday, June 8, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “learn new skills and embark on new careers” External link

AsiaOne Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must work to prevent a ‘COVID generation’ of workers and students in Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “We must undertake this great exercise of economic restructuring together, as equal partners and as one people, in the creation of a new Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : “Adding the COVID-19 response to our usual spending, the total size of our four Budgets stands at S$193 billion. This is more than double the size of our annual Budgets in preceding years,” “In other words, we are looking to spend in one year what we would have done in two years or more in normal times” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "These heavy and rising expenditures were known even before the outbreak of Covid-19," External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "With this differentiated and principled fiscal strategy, each generation rightly pays for the benefits that they enjoy, and we do not saddle future generations with our bills," External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "both the unprecedented levels of severity, as well as uncertainty, of this crisis" External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "In sizing it, we have run some 'what if' scenarios, including the possibility that we may experience a setback in our fight against Covid-19, or the global economy does much worse than currently expected," External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said : "While interest rates may be low now, there is no certainty that we will be able to repay accumulated debt obligations in the future. This is especially so with the uncertain economic outlook, where all countries, including Singapore, will be operating in a tighter fiscal space" External link

business-times Friday, June 5, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

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

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



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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Vivian Balakrishnan said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “We are — all of us, in complete unity — behind the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, so there is no need for any discussions or questions on that. We are in absolute unity under his lead,” External link

themalaymailonline Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Vivian Balakrishnan said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "There's one further point which I would make on behalf of the 4G (leaders), and that is that we are all of us in complete unity behind the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. So there's no need for any discussions or questions on that. I mean, we are in absolute unity under his leadership," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Heng Swee Keat said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : “Somebody asked me the other day when I was walking. He said: ‘Mr Heng, why don't you put more money in the pocket. Why are you giving money to companies - is it to save companies?” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, July 4, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Lim Swee Say added ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "That's the reason why I respect Swee Keat tremendously, because he is somebody who knows a lot, he is somebody who cares a lot, he has one of the best brains in Singapore, but more importantly, he has one of the most caring hearts in Singapore," External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alexandra Bastedo said ( about Heng Swee Keat ) : "in an election you fight to win, but you are never absolutely certain that you would win" "We send somebody where we think he has a good chance of winning, and I'm quite sure that Swee Keat will put his all to make sure that he gets a good outcome in East Coast," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT