Thursday, June 6, 2019

Merdeka Generation helped make Singapore First World: PM Lee

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/merdeka-generation-helped-make-singapore-first-world-pm-lee
By Rei Kurohi, The New Paper, 03 June 2019 at 06:00 am


Mr Lee Hsien Loong (in red) and advisers to Ang Mo Kio GRC grassroots organisations with 300 recipients of the Merdeka Generation Package.
PHOTO: Mr Lee Hsien Loong (in red) and advisers to Ang Mo Kio GRC grassroots organisations with 300 recipients of the Merdeka Generation Package.
TNP PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN - Members of Merdeka Generation get welcome folders at appreciation ceremonies
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From weathering economic downturns to building up a newly independent country, Singaporeans from the Merdeka Generation helped write a large part of the Singapore story, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

At an appreciation ceremony at the Institute of Technical Education College Central where Merdeka Generation Package welcome folders were given out to 300 Singaporeans born in the 1950s, PM Lee, who is himself part of the Merdeka Generation, said: "We grew up in the early years of independence. We travelled with Singapore from Third World to First. We helped build this nation and make Singapore a successful little red dot."

PM Lee, who was born in February 1952, said the path was not always straight and level.



It was an era when a single Singaporean identity was still some distance away and National Service (NS) could mean the man beside you did not speak your language.
PHOTO: It was an era when a single Singaporean identity was still some distance away and National Service (NS) could mean the man beside you did not speak your language.
"They were woken up. Kena tekan," Hong recalled the story. "That was the night they realised it's a team thing. You don't just fight for yourself. Anyone's failings or mistakes would affect the entire team. That forced them to look out for each other."
The realisation that Singapore had to be protected by Singaporeans of all types inspired Hong's short film about the Merdeka Generation, of which his parents are part of.
From weathering economic downturns to building up a newly independent country, Singaporeans from the Merdeka Generation helped write a large part of the Singapore story, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
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The filmmakers and writer with (seated from left) Ng Say Yong, mm2 Entertainment's chief content officer, Karen Tan, MCI's senior director of public communications and Soffy Hariyanti, MCI's director of campaigns and production, public communications.
PHOTO: The filmmakers and writer with (seated from left) Ng Say Yong, mm2 Entertainment's chief content officer, Karen Tan, MCI's senior director of public communications and Soffy Hariyanti, MCI's director of campaigns and production, public communications.
Photo: Ministry of Communications and Information
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"We weathered several economic crises, and workers experienced dislocation and uncertainty as we transformed the economy and upgraded the workforce," he added.

In total, about 8,300 Singaporeans received their welcome folders yesterday at community events held around the island.

The package includes top-ups to the Medisave accounts of those who are eligible, as well as outpatient subsidies at Community Health Assist Scheme clinics, among other benefits.

The ceremony yesterday was part of the first of 23 Merdeka Generation Roadshows planned for this year.

The roadshows, organised by the Ministry of Communications and Information, are expected to reach about 100,000 individuals, including members of the Merdeka Generation and their families.



SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE NEEDS
PHOTO: SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE NEEDS
In his National Day Rally last Sunday (Aug 19), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong teared up as he spoke about the Merdeka generation, who had experienced the "indelible, formative" events before and after Singapore's independence.
To recognise their contributions, a Merdeka Generation Package will be created for them, he announced. Similar to the Pioneer Generation Package, it will cover areas such as outpatient subsidies, Medisave account top-ups under the national Central Provident Fund (CPF), and subsidies to pay for CPF MediShield Life insurance premiums.
This package will be offered to some 500,000 Singaporeans born between 1950 and 1959, though the benefits will not be as generous as they are for the pioneer generation before theirs, who had fewer advantages in life.
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They will feature activities, games and performances, as well as booths offering resources and information on active ageing, tips on digital literacy and discounted rates for Sport Singapore's ActiveSG facilities.

Seniors who wish to learn new skills or pick up new interests can sign up for various programmes at the booths.

They can also consult volunteers from the Silver Generation Office on how they can tap the package benefits.

The next roadshow is on June 22 at Our Tampines Hub.



The first batch of about 80,000 Merdeka Generation Package welcome folders will be available for collection at community events from June 2, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor announced.
PHOTO: The first batch of about 80,000 Merdeka Generation Package welcome folders will be available for collection at community events from June 2, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor announced. The rest of the 500,000 or so folders will be sent out by SingPost later in the month, she said.
Dr Khor was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to the factory where the folders were being prepared by Medialink Printing Services.
ST Photo: Lim Yao Hui
Picture posted by Rei Kurohi, The Straits Times on 25 May 2019 - Merdeka Generation to start getting cards from 2 June 2019
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In another event yesterday, 500 Merdeka Generation Nee Soon residents received their package at an appreciation dinner at Chong Pang Community Club.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, who distributed the welcome folders, said that with the package, the Government hopes to assure the Merdeka Generation that their concerns are being recognised.

Born in 1959, Mr Shanmugam is part of the Merdeka Generation.

Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, who attended the Sembawang distribution and tribute event for 250 Merdeka Generation residents with the other grassroots advisers of Sembawang GRC grassroots organisations, called the Pioneer and Merdeka Generations "very special generations of Singaporeans".



In total, about 8,300 Singaporeans received their welcome folders yesterday at community events held around the island.
PHOTO: In total, about 8,300 Singaporeans received their welcome folders yesterday at community events held around the island.
The package includes top-ups to the Medisave accounts of those who are eligible, as well as outpatient subsidies at Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) clinics, among other benefits.
Picture posted by Rei Kurohi, The Straits Times on 03 June 2019 - Merdeka Generation helped make Singapore First World: PM Lee Hsien Loong
Picture posted by If Only Singaporeans Stopped to Think on Tuesday, 04 June 2019

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Merdeka Singapore
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By Rei Kurohi, The New Paper, 03 June 2019 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Rei Kurohi, The New Paper, Merdeka Generation helped make Singapore First World: PM Lee, posted on 03 June 2019 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/merdeka-generation-helped-make-singapore-first-world-pm-lee


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