In his campaign interview with the state media, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat claimed that he keeps hearing how “so many people found jobs”:
“I’m very happy to hear whenever I walk around that so many of our young people are able to find jobs and so many of our existing workers are working.”
The PAP minister defended his S$92 billion spending, which are mostly given to companies:
“Companies receiving support through the Government’s relief packages are expected to keep the workers on the job. If they fire them, the next tranche they would not get it.”
A fact check reveal this is not accurate. Under the coronavirus stimulus package, eligible companies that had retrenched workers will still be able to access rental waivers, wage support and waivers in foreign worker levies. Companies which retrench more than 5 workers need only inform the Ministry of Manpower, and no penalty is stated.
Minister Heng Swee Keat claimed that he aimed to create “100,000 opportunities”, but no timeline was given.