In a state media interview at Teban Gardens coffee shop, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat claimed that Singaporeans he met praised and thank the government for “a flow of benefits”:
“When I ask them if these have been adequate, many of them have said yes, they can feel the flow of benefits. I am glad to hear many, including stallholders and workers, tell him the financial support has helped. They told me they were glad to have the Solidarity Payment – $600 in cash for all adult Singaporeans, paid out in April – and Solidarity Utilities Credit scheme, along with service and conservancy charges rebates and income relief scheme for the self-employed.”
The Singapore government have given out only S$600 in cash handout for the coronavirus recession, the lowest financial assistance in the world compared to other countries.
Minister Heng Swee Keat also claimed that “some companies” are giving out bonuses to their workers in this recession:
“I’m glad that the mechanism that we have in place allows us to respond quickly, and I want to see the measures reaching the ground effectively. So I’m glad to see that this is happening.”
The unemployment rate is currently at around 6% in Singapore, the highest since Independence.
Minister Heng Swee Keat was not wearing a mask when speaking to reporters, and no enforcement actions were taken against him.