The fellers who had to sit behind Tharman must be sian. Maybe they came late and cannot chope the off-camera seats. Too bad, now they cannot sleep or play Angry Birds on their iPhones.
Aside from that, I found myself very distracted by the light reflecting off the good Minister's dome. Maybe some powder will help. Or a hat.
My friend, when he found out I was watching the Budget report live, said to me, "Lemme know when Tharman mentions our goodies so I know how much I have to give back to them this year."
Tharman said the gahmen has returned the $4 billion they took out the reserves for the recession, and informed the President about it. So I think the O$P$ Paint Squad will be called off.
I also note many financial incentives given out for innovation and automation. Next year, Tharman's speech will be read by a tape recorder.
In other news, the government "will spend 50% more on arts and culture". As long as said art doesn't infect Singaporeans with teh gay.
Radio and TV licence will scrapped with immediate effect. Now you can use the money to buy a more useful Hotfile & Megaupload account. No news on whether gahmen will pay us back for all the other years of bad tv.
Angpow time: "Growth Dividend of $100-$800 for Adult Singaporeans", which brings to mind Job 1:21. You'll get the dividends on 1 May 2011.
That's it, folks. You can see the whole Budget speech in Pastebin if you need help with insomnia. Only left one more Budget task to do: get your TOTO ticket for the $11.4 million jackpot draw.