It was a getai performance with a pioneering twist.
Emceed by veteran stage performer Lin Ru Ping, who was clad in a pouffy blue mini-dress cinched with a black sequinned belt, the concert under a white marquee along Hougang Street 61 last night was not only entertaining but educational too.
In between the song and dance numbers belted out by about nine other artists in flashy, shiny outfits, Ms Lin explained to the 1,200-strong crowd details of the Government’s Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) in English, Mandarin and Chinese dialects including Hokkien and Teochew.
In front of a crowd of mostly senior citizens, she broke the ice at the start of the performance by asking those who have turned or will be turning 65 this year to raise their hands.
A smattering of hands went up, although the crowd warmed up considerably as the performance, which stretched till 10pm last night, went on.
Under the $8 billion Pioneer Generation Package, which was announced during this year’s Budget, those aged 65 and above this year and those who became citizens before 1987 are eligible for a series of health-care subsidies.
These include annual Medisave top-ups ranging from $200 to $800 depending on age, subsidies for MediShield Life premiums and also subsidies for outpatient treatment.
About 450,000 first-generation Singaporeans are expected to benefit.
The event, titled “Thanking Our Pioneer Generation Getai Show”, was organised by the Punggol South Grassroots Organisations to help elderly residents in the neighbourhood better understand their entitlements under the Package.
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
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