More companies should join in collective celebration for SG50: Grace Fu

SINGAPORE - Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu has called on more companies in Singapore to join in the collective celebrations for the country's 50th anniversary of nationhood next year.

Citing the example of insurer Great Eastern, which recently announced it would provide a year's free insurance for all babies born here next year, Ms Fu said she is "happy to see that many corporates are stepping up" to mark the Jubilee year.

"SG50 shouldn't be the Government's way of celebrating the Jubilee year," Ms Fu told The Straits Times on the sidelines of the Great Eastern Women's Run on Sunday morning.

"It should be everyone in Singapore, all corporates stepping in and doing their part, so I'm very happy that Great Eastern has stepped up," she added. "We hope that more companies will also join in the foray."

Great Eastern said on Thursday that it will waive the $108 first-year fee for its integrated private medical insurance plan for all babies born in Singapore next year.

The gift is part of Great Eastern's jubilee baby pack, which also includes a bib, mittens and booties.

All babies born here next year will also receive a commemorative birth certificate and a Jubilee Baby gift pack from the Government, comprising a special medallion, a multi-function shawl, a baby sling, a baby book, a photo frame, a diaper bag, a scrapbook and a set of baby clothes.