Govt might dig into the reserves in hard times, says SM Goh Chok Tong.

Dipping into the reserves – a change of heart

Produce the wealth first and the surpluses before we talk about sharing and never, never dig into the reserves. That’s like killing the golden goose to get the meat. I think better try and fatten the goose, have more golden geese and then have more eggs to share.

Goh Chok Tong, 17 February 2008 (Channel NewsAsia) 

The weather is so bad, and we’ve always said the reserves are for a rainy day. If this is not a rainy day, I don’t know what is a rainy day.

Goh Chok Tong, 18 January 2009 (Straits Times)