The Budget 2012 round-up speech yesterday was anything but boring.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang exchanged polite yet pointed words as they debated social safety nets and foreign worker policies.
Some key exchanges between the two include:
“I don’t like the idea of a first-world social safety net because it means first-world taxes and first-world debts.” - DPM Tharman to Mr Low
“DPM knows very well that the first-world social safety net is basically looking at how our own citizens are well looked-after, whether in terms of health care (or) retirement..." - Mr Low, in response