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Tough job ahead for PA to explain PGP, MediShield Life

The People's Association and grassroots leaders have their work cut out to explain not just the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP), but also details of the national insurance scheme, Medishield Life.

SINGAPORE: The People's Association and grassroots leaders have their work cut out to explain not just the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP), but also details of the national insurance scheme, Medishield Life.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Grace Fu, said this on the sidelines of an event at the National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI).

The event honoured the pioneer batch of PA's organising secretaries, who are equivalent to today's constituency directors at the organisation.

Ms Fu, who is also chairperson of the NACLI board, said this group of seniors held on to their sense of purpose and mission while overcoming great obstacles in 1964.

They were also the bridge between the government and residents, explaining the numerous policies and campaigns that came out during those years.

Since then, Ms Fu said the manner with which policies have to be explained has changed with demographic changes and different "fault lines". These include the divide between young and old, the haves and have-nots, and the local and foreign population.

She added: "The whole reform on the MediShield Life will also take some time and it affects every Singaporean. So for the Pioneer Generation Package, we'll need to reach out to the Pioneer generation.

"(It is the same) for MediShield Life, we'll also have to explain it to the rest of the population. These are (major policies) that the PA has to work hard to explain."

Wong Chee Kong, who was a pioneer organising secretary with the People's Association, said: "You just have to be down-to-earth, day-to-day be patient and be well prepared to answer any questions raised by them.

"If you go to Chinatown, preferably you should get someone to speak Cantonese. You cannot ask a government servant or someone senior to come down to tell them something. They won't be able to understand."

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