Cut-off age of 65 for pioneer generation package decided after public feedback
Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo, said on Sunday that the cut-off age for those who stand to benefit from the Pioneer Generation Package was decided after public feedback that that generation started working at a younger age.
"I think initially there has been some suggestions that the pioneer generation refers to those who were 21 at the point of independence, which would make them 70 this year," Mrs Teo said. "As the discussion floated around the public domain, it became apparent that in that era people probably started working earlier."
The cut-off age of 65 and above means that the pioneer generation refers to those who were 16 at independence.
Mrs Teo, who is the grassroots adviser for the Bishan-Toa Payoh Grassroots Organisations, was speaking at the sidelines of an event that paid tribute to pioneers living in Bishan North on Sunday. Some 45 residents aged 70 and above were treated to lunch at a coffeeshop and given goodie bags and red packets containing $80 each.