DPM Heng: Gov’t to introduce one-off additional support for newborns

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament today (5 October) that the Government will introduce one-off additional support for newborns. This was the case as the Government received feedback that COVID-19 had resulted in citizens postponing parenthood plans. He expressed that the postponing of parenthood plans amid the pandemic was “fully understandable” as … Read more

Heng acknowledge concerns of many expats at Changi but says SG facing manpower shortage

Speaking at the “East Coast Conversation” virtual event yesterday (23 Aug), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who is also an Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC, acknowledged that some Singaporeans may feel there are too many foreigners residing in Singapore. He cited residents’ concerns about the large number of expatriates at Changi Business … Read more

PV chief Lim Tean wants DPM Heng to explain why 48% of foreigners who work in S’pore are S-Pass and Employment pass holders

On Sunday (23 Aug), Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Finance Minister Heng Sweet Keat said that bilateral agreements such as the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between Singapore and India do not take jobs away from Singaporeans. Following his statement, Peoples Voice chief Lim Tean questioned if Mr Heng ever met local Singaporeans who were … Read more

MOF: 400,000 lower-income Singaporeans to receive S$1,500 of Workfare Special Payment from 28 July

About 400,000 lower-income Singaporeans are expected to receive S$1,500 – the first payout of the Workfare Special Payment – from next Tuesday (28 July), said the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in a statement on Friday (24 July). According to the MOF, those eligible will be notified of the payment details via SMS if they have … Read more

Heng Swee Keat encourages families to go on local staycations; Masagos says beaches are overcrowded

Minister Heng Swee Keat took to his Facebook on Thursday (23 July) to encourage families and children to explore local attractions and go on staycations during this week-long school break. Mr Heng started his post by saying that the “new routines” have been adopted by the students since the reopening of schools on 2 June. … Read more

WP chair Sylvia Lim: Heng Swee Keat not necessarily “charismatic”, but can demonstrate competence in other ways

“Charismatic” may not be a term used to describe Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, but he can demonstrate his competence in other ways, said the Workers’ Party (WP) chair and Aljunied GRC MP-elect Sylvia Lim. In an interview with Bloomberg TV on 13 July, Ms Lim said — in response to a question on … Read more

Netizens call on Govt to help unemployed Singaporeans instead of paying over S$4 billion wage support to employers

More than 140,000 employers will be receiving the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts which totalling over S$4 billion from 29 July, the Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Sunday (19 July). The Minister announced on Facebook yesterday that with this July payout, over S$15 billion would have been disbursed to employers to support … Read more

GE 2020: What The Electorate Said

by Remy Choo Zheng Xi This election was supposed to be a cakewalk for the PAP. Called in the midst of a pandemic, after a $93 billion set of Covid-19 budgets, the ground couldn’t have been sweeter. As Chan Chun Sing told his party activists, crisis has traditionally “saved” the PAP. Not this time. The … Read more

Leaked Audio 3: Chan Chun Sing said PAP couldn’t blatantly say they’re going to let micro companies die as it was not politically prudent

Chan Chun Sing said companies that create more jobs, better jobs and higher pay should get more of the government’s budget.  Speaking at a PAP’s closed-door meeting on 9 Jan 2019 to 60 attendees in the northwest division in Bukit Panjang, Mr Chan was deconstructing how finances would be allocated to companies in the upcoming … Read more

Looking at things in this context, one could be forgiven for questioning if Heng Swee Keat had received preferential treatment?

According to reports, the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) is of the opinion that the comments made by First Assistant Secretary-General of the Peoples’ Action Party (PAP), Heng Swee Keat in an article that appeared in TODAY on 29 March 2019 does not constitute an offence. The police acting on the advice of the AGC has … Read more