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Reaching out to pioneers using getai

Details of the Pioneer Generation Package are explained in various languages during the free event

Published on Apr 13, 2014 8:49 AM
Getai singer Lin Ru Ping hosting the show which aimed to explain the details of the Pioneer Generation Package using English, Mandarin and Chinese dialects. The event, which attracted about 1,200 people, was fully funded by donations from three individuals from the Punggol Park Community Centre Management Committee. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

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.

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