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PM Lee, Cabinet ministers to deliver series of national broadcasts on Singapore's post-COVID-19 future

PM Lee, Cabinet ministers to deliver series of national broadcasts on Singapore's post-COVID-19 future

PM Lee Hsien Loong providing an update on the COVID-19 situation on Apr 21, 2020. (Photo: MCI)

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with several Cabinet ministers, will deliver a series of national broadcasts from Jun 7 to Jun 20.

In a press release on Saturday (Jun 6), the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said that the national broadcasts will see the ministers explain "what a post-COVID-19 future looks like for Singapore, and lay out plans to see the country through the storm and emerge stronger".

READ: Parliament passes Fortitude Budget, 4th package of COVID-19 relief measures this year

The broadcasts will be delivered by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Senior Ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing and National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.

The ministers will talk about:

  • What Singaporeans must do to live with COVID-19 for the long haul to go about their daily lives safely
  • How Singaporeans can maintain relevance on the world stage as the geopolitical situation changes
  • How to keep Singapore's economy competitive so that businesses can prosper and create good jobs for Singaporeans
  • How to create promising opportunities for all Singaporeans to succeed, and care for the more vulnerable
  • How Singaporeans can work together to emerge stronger from this crisis.

READ: S$33b Fortitude Budget aimed at providing jobs, supporting workers and firms through 'difficult period' of COVID-19

READ: Real risk of resurgence in COVID-19 cases, clusters if too many activities resume too quickly: Gan Kim Yong

Mr Lee will launch the series on Jun 7, with the rest of the ministers speaking according to this schedule.

All speeches will be broadcast at the following times on these TV channels on the
respective dates.

The speeches will also be available on the website, Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter.

Mr Lee’s and Mr Heng’s speeches will be published on their respective Facebook pages, as well as on the PMO YouTube channel.

The Singapore Government has passed four Budget packages of COVID-19 relief measures so far this year, bringing the total expenditure of such measures to S$93 billion.

More than S$72 billion, or close to 80 per cent of the S$93 billion for COVID-19 support measures, is committed to helping workers stay in their jobs, supporting businesses and their employees, “which in turn support social resilience”, said Mr Heng on Friday.

READ: Singapore’s circuit breaker and beyond: Timeline of the COVID-19 reality

Singapore emerged from a “circuit breaker” period and entered its first phase of reopening on Tuesday, with certain businesses that operate in settings with lower transmission risks resuming operations

Phase 2 could start before the end of June if the number of COVID-19 transmissions in the community remains low and stable, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on May 28.

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Source: CNA/ic


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