On 18 February (Monday), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the 2019 Budget in Parliament at 3.30pm.
In his announcement, there are a few new initiatives that were introduced such as the Merdeka Generation Package to help older Singaporeans with their healthcare costs, a Home Team Science and Tech Agency, as well as a new sixth pillar of Total Defence and more.
After Mr Heng delivered the Budget 2019, Yahoo Singapore called for a poll and asked the public to give their honest opinion on the budget.
At the time of writing, a total of 1,450 votes were received and 44% of them said that the budget was ‘bad’, whereas 34% revealed that the budget was ‘average’. Only a fraction of the voters gave a positive results where 7% voted ‘good’ and 4% voted “great’. However, the remaining 11% voters seemed to be not too bothered about the budget and clicked the ‘I don’t care’ option.
Apart from voting in the poll, netizens also wrote their comments on Yahoo Singapore’s poll and many don’t seem impressed or happy with this year’s budget.
Some even felt that it was an election budget where everything was well-researched and well thought out gain ‘votes’.