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Pioneer Generation Package age criterion decided after public feedback

Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo said the age criterion for those who stand to benefit from the Pioneer Generation Package was decided after feedback from the public.

SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo said the age criterion for those who stand to benefit from the Pioneer Generation Package was decided after feedback from the public.

The Pioneer Generation Package will help seniors cope with their healthcare costs for the rest of their lives. About 450,000 Singaporeans are eligible for the package.

The pioneer generation has been defined as Singaporeans who will be 65 years or older by the end of this year, and who became citizens before 1987.

She said there were initial suggestions that the pioneer generation refers to those aged 70 and above this year.

She explained: "As this discussion floated around the public domain, it also became apparent that, in that era, people started working earlier. So after careful consideration and discussion, I think setting the age at 65 by the end of this year, which means that pioneers refer to those who were 16 at the point of independence, is a suitable (reference point) when we talk about the Pioneer Generation Package."

However, she added that no matter how the package is designed, it can never fully reflect their contributions to nation-building efforts.

Mrs Teo, who is also the grassroots adviser for the Bishan-Toa Payoh Grassroots Organisations, was speaking on the sidelines of an event held to pay tribute to pioneers living in the areas.

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