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Halimah Yacob calls for more flexibility in assessing Pioneer Generation appeals

The Speaker of Parliament and MP for Jurong GRC says she has appealed on behalf of five residents who just missed the cut-off criteria for being included in the Pioneer Generation. 

SINGAPORE: Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has called for more flexibility in the assessment of cases of elderly who want to be counted as members of the Pioneer Generation. She was speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of a health screening event at Bukit Batok East Community Club on Friday (Aug 29).

More than 1,200 people have appealed to be considered as members of the Pioneer Generation since applications were opened last April. Mdm Halimah, who is also Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC, said she had appealed on behalf of five residents, whom she thought were deserving but just missed the cut-off criteria for the Pioneer Generation. Members of the Pioneer Generation must be aged 65 and above in 2014, and have obtained Singapore citizenship on or before Dec 31, 1986.

Nonetheless, she said those who do not qualify should not to be disappointed, as there are other help schemes available for those who need it. “I think our society is compassionate enough. Our healthcare is compassionate enough to assess (on a) case-by-case basis if they are really needy in terms of waiving or reducing their medical charges or extending subsidies to them,” she said.