01 Apr '11, 4pm

SM Goh cautions against over-strengthening Sing dollar

SINGAPORE : Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on Friday said a stronger Singapore dollar will help mitigate imported inflation, but he is also wary about over-strengthening the currency. He was speaking at a dialogue session at the Singapore Polytechnic, where he acknowledged the rising cost of living in Singapore. He called it a perpetual problem that every generation would have to face every year, partly due to the country's growing economy. Mr Goh's comments came ahead of the policy review meeting in mid-April by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, which he chairs. The Sing dollar has been rising steadily against the US dollar over the past year, hitting new highs in recent weeks. Senior Minister Goh, who is also the chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said: "On rising costs, this is a perpetual problem - every generation, every year, we are faced with the que...

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