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Assurance for the middle aged and middle income Singaporeans

Published on Aug 14, 2014 6:54 AM

Middle-aged and middle-income Singaporeans need not feel burdened when it comes to taking care of seniors, and will themselves have room to seize opportunities and succeed, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said yesterday.

He explained that recent measures such as the $8 billion Pioneer Generation Package to keep health-care bills for pioneers affordable, and the MediShield Life medical insurance scheme, provided a sense of assurance for older Singaporeans that their needs would be looked after. By the same token, there will be opportunities for younger and middle-aged Singaporeans, including for continued education and an environment in which they can succeed, Mr Chan added.

This environment will be stable yet competitive, where job opportunities can be created, he said at a National Day dinner in Tanjong Pagar, where he is an MP. "We will make sure our middle-income (Singaporeans) continue to keep pace with the demands of life in Singapore," he said, as he reiterated the Government's commitment to take care of all Singaporeans.

His comments, delivered in Malay, Mandarin and English, come ahead of Sunday's National Day Rally, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is expected to speak on retirement adequacy, creating more opportunities for Singaporeans to pursue their dreams and improving the living environment in Singapore.

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