Another showed user Josephine. T staring pensively at an iPad, with the post: "With inflationary pressure in mind, we all know that the cost of living is constantly rising... how do we manage our income and expenditure to keep a balanced budget?" The campaign, which began in December, began generating attention in recent days -- but there was more mirth about the government's approach than enthusiasm for the state of the nation's finances.
Great news – Budget 2018 is coming soon! MOF is seeking feedback from individuals/businesses on local ushering issues, be it taxation, growing a company, skillsets etc. So here’s your chance to share your views with the Govt! ?? . Join me for the listening point today, at Tanjong Pagar Complex or SMU on 12 Jan, 11:30am - 2:00pm — to share your suggestions too! You can also give feedback via the REACH Budget 2018 microsite by 12 Jan, link in bio. Every contribution counts! :) #SGBudget2018 #MOFSG #REACHSingapore #sponsored #MOFSGxStarNgage
"How out of touch is this govt?!?" wrote one user on Facebook, Vincent Law, underneath an article about the campaign. "For the Ministry of Finance, they don't really know how to use their money," said another, Rave Simpson. Some also criticised the choice of "influencers," saying they were not well-known. They were not among the top social media names in the city-state who can command huge fees. Local media reported that at least 30 posts by the Instagram stars had appeared since December asking for feedback on the budget, which will be unveiled on February 19. The Ministry of Finance did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But a spokesman told the Straits Times newspaper that the campaign was "an effective way to engage with youth participants". She did not disclose how much the Instagram users were paid.
Guess what I'm looking at so intently on my mobile? It’s the Budget 2018 website. Budget is on 19 Feb this year! The Budget which is prepared for Singaporeans, is a plan to position Singapore for a better future. It shows the Government's current financial year's revised revenue and expenditure projections, and also includes the upcoming financial year's planned Government revenue and expenditure. If you check out the Budget website (http://bit.ly/blurhoney Link is in my bio!) you'll be able to find out how the government has already been helping our people and also supporting our businesses. You can also find out more interesting fun facts about the Budget on the website. #SGBudget2018, #MOFSG, #sponsored, #MOFxStarNgage