Hi Anon, The Resilience Budget worth S$48 billion is indeed a massive one, and I believe that there are multiple factors have led to this. Singapore's Current Economy First and foremost, the government has to respond drastically to the current economic situation in Singapore. ! Economic data released on Thursday morning showed how Singapore's gross domestic product fell an annualized 10.6% in the first quarter from the previous three months, with our economy shrinking 2.2% in the first quarter of this year . The country is expected to be heading for a full-year recession- its first in two decades. The Ministry of Trade and Industry downgraded its 2020 growth forecast to a range of -4 to -1 per cent. All this does not bode well for Singapore's economy, and it's imperative that the government provides support for businesses and Singapore's citizens. 2008 GFC I believe that the government has learnt its lesson from the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, whereby Singapore ended up becoming the first East Asian Country to slip into a recession. It was only after the government sought permission for the President to dip into our national reserves in 2009 -$4.9 billion; that Singapore's economy began to slowly recover. It was this act that helped to significantly cushion the effects of the recession, and sparked the slow but sure recovery of Singapore's economy. Ultimately, Singapore was ranked as the world’s fourth most dynamic city post-recession in the 2010 Global Metro Monitor Report, which was commissioned by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, and provided an overview of the recent economic performance of 150 global metropolitan cities post the Great Recession. Hence, I believe that the government understands the need for drastic action, and want to try and cushion the economic effects of the pandemic as soon as possible. Elections As you mentioned, I believe that the upcoming elections are a factor that has made the response from the government this drastic. Just yesterday, Teo Chee Hean said in parliament that delaying elections and having the president form a caretaker government are both “unconstitutionally unworkable” proposals- it seems that the PAP is determined to go ahead with the elections. This could be due to them seeing the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to further their credibility as our lawmakers, and as an opportunity to win the younger generations over- the Gen Zs who are coming of age. This is a double-edged sword in my opinion, but I personally think that the government's responses have been more than decent, from the containment of the disease to their efforts to reduce the strain on the economy. We shall see if this continues to be the trend, but so far I think they've done well in the handling of the current situation. Do let me know if you agree or disagree with my views!