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Helping pioneers understand PGP top challenge: Halimah

Helping the elderly understand how they will benefit from the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) is a top challenge for the government, said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob.

SINGAPORE: Helping the elderly understand how they will benefit from the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) is a top challenge for the government, said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob.

Madam Halimah said many of those who benefit are still not aware of or understand the benefits of the package.

Those points were raised at a forum, organised by Mendaki on Saturday, which aims to help organisations better understand the PGP.

Some 50 members from various grassroots organisations and Malay-Muslim organisations attended the dialogue.

Madam Halimah stressed that it is crucial to keep the language simple when spreading the message.

She said facilities like family service centres and voluntary welfare organisations should engage the elderly at every opportunity.

Madam Halimah said: "We must find the natural points where old people congregate -- like for instance, seniors, they congregate a lot in the coffee shops, at the void decks.

"At void decks, you see a lot of female seniors, because they have their own social network. At coffee shops, you see a lot of the male seniors.

"So we also need to find out who are the people there, whether in these social networks where they congregate we can also engage them in order to transmit (the message)."

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