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Budget 2008 Essay and Video Competitions

Essay Competition: “Infinite Possibilities, Finite Resources”

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) received a total of 133 student essays for the Budget 2008 Essay Competition. In its second year running, the Competition aimed to foster critical thinking and creative expression on public finance issues amongst Singapore’s youths. The Competition, organised by MOF in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY-SPP) and the Straits Times (ST), was open to all students studying in Singapore and Singaporeans studying abroad.

With a theme of “Infinite Possibilities; Finite Resources”, the Essay Competition attracted entries covering a wide range of issues. From justifications of different sectors/industries to receive greater public financing, submissions also addressed key social and economic issues close to the writers’ hearts. In addition, besides widely debated areas such as the aging population and defence, “new” issues such as innovation and environmental sustainability were also discussed in some papers.

The essays submitted were from a wide and diverse spectrum of students from both local and overseas institutions and provided an insight into the thoughts and aspirations of our country's youth on fiscal policy and public finance. You can read interesting extracts from the winning essays by clicking the link below:

Extracts from winning entries

Video Competition: “What the Budget Means to Me”

This year, youths also had the opportunity to express their views using a different medium via the inaugural Video Competition with the theme of “What the Budget means to me”. The Competition had 14 entries from a diverse range of local and international schools, and MOF looks forward to attracting more entries in years to come. Through creative portrayal and a wide variety of filming techniques ranging from self-video to animation, the submitted entries captured the essence of what the Budget meant to our youth and how it has impacted them and their families.

The organisers thank all participants for their insightful essays and videos and extend our heartiest congratulations to the following prize winners:

  Prizes Winner School/Institution
Essay Competition (Junior Category –Ages 13-17) 1st Prize
($1,500 cash)
Wong Yong Sheng Raffles Institution
2nd Prize
($600 cash)
Benjamin Mak Jia Ming Raffles Institution
3rd Prize
($300 cash)
Ng Li Hui Raffles Girls' School
Essay Competition (Senior Category –Ages 18-25) 1st Prize
($2,500 cash)
Joanne Tang Singapore Management University
2nd Prize
($1,200 cash)
Kwan Bo Wen National University of Singapore
3rd Prize
($500 cash)
Ko Zhihong University College London
Video Competition Commendation Prize
($600 cash)
Cheng Wen Long Nanyang Polytechnic
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