It has been a week since the Singapore Budget for 2018 was announced.
Following further reflection, this is a budget that perhaps prepares Singapore the best for the future and remains cognisant not just to the opportunities of a rising Asia but also the very real challenges of inequality and an ageing society.
There is the notion of building society over self built into the Budget that remains hugely aspirational.
It remains hugely relevant to evolving needs and develops robustness and inculcates values of innovation throughout the various initiatives and interventions.
Social mobilily remains crucial and the interventions being proposed will help address social mobility through education and social support. Ultimately, this will help Singapore addressing the growing challenges income inequality presents.
This Budget allows Singapore to remain adaptable as a nation and as a people. The budget will allow Singapore to remain poised to take advantage of the opportunities and ride the challenges the future holds.
Below is a brief 4 minute summary of the Budget 2018 (which was perhaps one of the longest in recent times running to close to 2 hours)