G. Conclusion

 

G. Conclusion

  1. G1. Mr Speaker, Sir, let me say a few words in Mandarin before I conclude in English.
  2. G2. 去年,政府一共拨出了近1千亿元,推出应对疫情的纾困措施,有助于缓和经济衰退所带来的冲击,对保健康、保企业、保生计起了显著的作用。
  3. G3. 虽然冠病疫苗已面世,但全球各地仍面对疫情的冲击,复苏之路不平坦,也充满不确定性。
  4. G4. 政府将通过今年的财政预算案,拨出110亿元设立应对冠病坚韧配套,继续帮助国人和受疫情重创的领域。
    1. a. 首先用来保护国人的健康, 包括推动接种疫苗的工作。我呼吁大家接种疫苗,保护自己和身边的人。
    2. b. 为协助持续面对压力的企业,政府将再次延长雇佣补贴计划。受影响最大的航空、宇航和旅游业的补助将延长6个月。其他领域例如零售业、文化艺术、餐饮业、建筑环境业,则将延长3个月。
    3. c. 受重创的领域,例如航空业、陆路交通业、文化、艺术和体育界,也将获得额外援助,帮助它们保持核心能力。
  5. G5. 冠病疫情也加速了已经出现的重大结构性变化,开启了新的合作与竞争领域。为此,我将拨出240亿元,鼓励企业转型、创新,把握区域和全球市场所带来的机遇,为国人创造良好的就业机会。
    1. a. 政府会加强新加坡与本区域和世界各地的联通,促进货物、人才、数据等方面的流动。同时,政府也将提供多种平台,鼓励更多企业进军区域市场,加强区域合作。
    2. b. 政府还会推出和延长一系列资金投资和津贴项目,帮助企业融资,帮助它们转型和扩充业务。
    3. c. 为了鼓励国人提升技能、帮助企业重新设计工作,政府将延长“新心相连”就业与技能配套和“能力转移计划”等措施。
    4. d. 另一方面,我们也将提高护士和部分医护人员的薪金,肯定他们的努力,并吸引更多人才加入这份有意义的行业。我想借此对过去一年为冠病奋战的医疗团队,表示最衷心的感谢!
  6. G6. 政府也将继续建设更有爱心和更具包容性的社会,照顾不同群体的需求。
    1. a. 我将推出总值约9亿元的家庭援助配套,为国人提供额外短期援助。
    2. i. 这包括一次性消费税补助券—现金特别补助以及社理会生活补助券等计划。
    3. b. 未来两年,政府也将在全岛各地增设社区联系站。这将让更多的租赁组屋家庭受惠。
    4. c. 此外,我希望大家可以继续发挥“群策群力”的精神,鼓励更多国人回馈社会,支持慈善事业。
  7. G7. 我们也要确保新加坡可持续发展,为世世代代打造宜居的绿色家园。
    1. a. 政府将与国人通力合作,推动新加坡绿色发展蓝图,应付气候变化。
    2. b. 我们也将大力推进电动汽车充电基础设施的建设,以更好地支持电动汽车在未来的发展,减少碳排放量。
    3. c. 为了鼓励人们减少用车,汽油税也将马上调高。然而,政府会为各类车辆提供不同的回扣,帮助公众减轻负担。
  8. G8. 总的来说,我国的财政空间预计将进一步紧缩。我们也必须平衡短期和长期规划的需要。
    1. a. 我去年提到,我们不会在2021年调高消费税。可是,为了应付我国的经常性支出,消费税的上调不能延迟太久,必须在2022年到2025年这段期间做出调整,并且应该会较早落实。但具体上调的时间,我们还是会根据经济前景来决定。
    2. b. 政府也会在今年把国家重大建设借贷法令提呈国会,为长期的基建项目进行融资。这个做法不但能让几代人共同分担基础建设发展的费用,避免大幅度增税,也体现了集体责任的价值。
    3. c. 这个财政年,我们将再次动用国家储备金,以推出应对冠病坚韧配套。这是非常艰难的决定,储备金是历代国人辛苦累积下来的血汗钱,因此我们需格外珍惜,并善加利用。在此,我感谢 哈莉玛总统 原则上 支持 政府再动用 储备金。
  9. G9. 过去的一年里,国人关怀互助、群策群力,努力对抗冠病疫情。先辈们谨慎理财、未雨绸缪,更是起到关键的作用。这些价值观让我们发挥同舟共济、坚毅向前的精神,而这份可贵的精神,需要的正是国人和政府之间的相互信任。不单是在国内,新加坡如果要继续取得成功,还必须和世界各国建立互信,共同为未来的挑战寻找解决方案。让我们携手同行,越战越勇,继续为我们和子子孙孙建设更美好的未来,同时把新加坡打造成一个倍受世界各国信赖的闪亮小红点!
  10. G10. I will now conclude in English. The first thing I must say is a heartfelt thank you. Thank you to the practitioners in our social, business, tax, and academic communities for your very useful insights during our consultations. And also to our Labour Movement and tripartite partners.
  11. G11. I also thank the many Singaporeans who participated in our various consultation sessions, and officers in our Ministries and agencies who have contributed in the design of the schemes, and in ensuring that our programmes reach out to our people, workers and businesses.
  12. G12. A special note of thanks to my very dedicated team of officers in the Ministry of Finance, and my personal assistants, who have been working non-stop since COVID-19 hit the world last year. They continued to work over Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. So this is indeed a labour of love. I also thank the Nanyang Polytechnic students who did the illustrations in the slides accompanying my speech.
  13. G13. Indeed, I extend the same admiration and thanks for all our frontline, healthcare and essential workers, who have been heroic in keeping our country running and keeping us safe through this crisis.
  14. G14. Most of all, Mr Speaker, I wish to thank our people. For showing understanding, strength and care, and standing together as one. I speak on behalf of all of us who have worked hard on this and previous Budgets when I say: Your wellbeing has been our purpose, and your spirit has been our inspiration.
  15. G15. In this Budget, I have outlined our plans to continue to tackle our immediate challenges, and to emerge stronger in the new normal:
    1. a. The COVID-19 Resilience Package to re-open safely and sustain the momentum of our recovery.
    2. b. The Household Support Package for our families, with greater support for families who need more help.
    3. c. Our investments in economic and workforce transformation, to emerge stronger.
    4. d. The Singapore Green Plan 2030 to enhance sustainability and do our part to deal with climate change.
  16. G16. Mr Speaker, Sir, COVID-19 has put all societies through a severe stress test – on how we organise ourselves as a society, and our values as a people.
  17. G17. There are no textbook or model answers to deal with such a sudden, unprecedented shock. Instead, as the situation turns swiftly, we have to assess, adapt and innovate, to tackle the crisis on all three fronts – safeguard lives, jobs and businesses, and our future.
  18. G18. Our people rallied together, to support one another. Everyone has been doing his or her part, to observe precautions, however inconvenient, to keep each other safe. Businesses have been doing their best to adapt and retain workers. Our healthcare and frontline workers have displayed great courage and dedication. Many charities and volunteers have stepped up their support for those with needs, despite many difficulties.
  19. G19. The past year showed that our values as a people matter – the values of unity, resilience, solidarity, and fortitude. The values of care and partnership, of adaptability and action, of working together. Our whole-of-society response is greater than the sum of its parts.
  20. G20. In particular, the values of our founding generation – of prudence to save and prepare for the long-term – enabled us to build up our reserves, which provided us the strong support we needed.
  21. G21. This sense of togetherness in turn rests on trust – trust in each other, in institutions and in our leaders.
  22. G22. This trust is not just among Singaporeans, but with people around the world. The world is more deeply interconnected and interdependent than ever. But this pandemic has exposed and enlarged crack lines and fragmentation in many parts.
  23. G23. A very successful overseas entrepreneur saw me recently. He saw Singapore as a key base to operate and grow, especially in a sustained global pandemic. He saw how we had worked together in Singapore, and with people around the world. We are a safe, trustworthy node, and we look ahead. 
  24. G24. Let us continue to focus on what lies ahead, and chart a clear direction forward. Let us continue to think long-term, tackle long-term challenges such as climate change and future pandemics, and forge partnerships with people around us, in Singapore, as part of Singapore Together, and with people around the world.
  25. G25. Let us strive to emerge stronger together, as a united and shining red dot, trusted by all!
  26. G26. Mr Speaker, Sir, I beg to move.