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About 180 appeal to qualify for Pioneer Generation Package

In assessing appeals, panel to focus on those who just missed out on citizenship criterion but have tried to sink roots: MOF

SINGAPORE: The panel set up to handle appeals from those who just missed out on qualifying for the Pioneer Generation Package has received about 180 appeals, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

The package – which will see pioneers receive their first round of benefits in the form of Medisave top-ups from July – was introduced for those who were born before 1950 and became citizens before 1987.

In assessing appeals, the panel will focus on those who marginally missed out on the citizenship attainment criterion, but have lived in Singapore since the early years and “shown clear efforts to sink roots here”, the MOF said.

The 10-member panel is chaired by Mr Timothy James de Souza, a member of the People’s Association (PA) Board and the Presidential Council of Minority Rights. Mr James Koh, chairman of the Housing and Development Board, is deputy chairman.

Said Mr de Souza: “As our members come from different backgrounds and have a diversity of experiences, we will be able to consider different perspectives for each appeal.”

Meanwhile, members of the pioneer generation will be receiving letters from the Government, starting this week, informing them of the lifetime benefits. The package, which includes special subsidies for outpatient care, will cost the Government an estimated S$9 billion and is expected to benefit about 450,000 seniors.

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