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Connecting the dots important in reaching out to seniors on pioneers' package: Halimah

Published on May 17, 2014 5:41 PM
 
From left to right : Dr Abdul Razakjr Omar, Ms Peh Kim Choo, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob and Mr Gerard Ee at a policy forum organised by self-help group Mendaki. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN 

The Pioneer Generation Package is a good policy that will ease the burden of medical bills, but the challenge is how to "connect the dots" on the ground to ensure seniors know they can get help and are able to access the benefits, said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on Saturday.

And the best people to bridge the gap between policy and implementation are not government officers but those active within the community, like voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs), grassroots groups and even fellow residents, she added.

"If you look at the facilities available on the ground, there are so many. But the question is how do we engage all these various groups so that we make sure at every contact point when seniors are there, they are able to receive this message," she said at a policy forum organised by self-help group Mendaki.

Other speakers at the event, which was held to help representatives from Malay-Muslim organisations better understand the package and discuss its outreach, also stressed the importance of making sure seniors are able to get help at every step of the way.

 
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