New PAssion Silver Concession Card to offer seniors concession fares and discounts

Elderly residents clapping during the launch of the new PAssion Silver Concession card, at Commonwealth Crescent on Dec 4, 2016.
Elderly residents clapping during the launch of the new PAssion Silver Concession card, at Commonwealth Crescent on Dec 4, 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing greeting residents during the launch of the PAssion Silver Concession card, on Dec 4, 2016.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing greeting residents during the launch of the PAssion Silver Concession card, on Dec 4, 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Mr Chan Chun Sing taking pictures with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (third from right), Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo (centre, rear) and other guests and residents at the event, on Dec 4, 2016.
Mr Chan Chun Sing taking pictures with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (third from right), Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo (centre, rear) and other guests and residents at the event, on Dec 4, 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Seniors will soon get to enjoy more perks with a new free card - which offers concession rates on public transport and discounts off items ranging from groceries to plane tickets.

The PAssion Silver Concession Card was launched on Sunday (Dec 4) to make it easier for seniors to stay active and engaged in the community. It will be free for every Singaporean aged 60 and above, and mailed to existing holders of the purple Senior Citizen Concession Card from this month onwards.

It merges the Senior Citizen Concession and PAssion cards.

Spearheaded by the Health and Transport ministries and People's Association, the new initiative was launched as part of the $3 billion Action Plan for Successful Ageing.

Holders of the new card will enjoy discounted rates at PA Community Clubs' courses, activities and facilities, and at merchants such as Giant and Cold Storage. KrisFlyer members also get 5 per cent off Singapore Airlines fares. Over 1,000 PAssion Merchant outlets are involved in the initiative.

Seniors will also be entitled to a five-year National Library Board (NLB) Partner Membership, which allows them to borrow up to 10 items, and to concession fares on public transport, with at least 25 per cent off the adult fare.

Said Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo: "We hope the card will facilitate (seniors') active lifestyles by helping them get from place to place comfortably, conveniently and more affordably."

The card was launched on Sunday evening at Commonwealth Crescent, by Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong, deputy chairman of the People's Association Chan Chun Sing, and Ms Teo.

Mr Gan noted that the new card was a way for Singaporeans to show "love, respect and support for our seniors", and in turn encourage seniors to "learn new things and make many new friends".

For more information about the card, call the TransitLink hotline on 1800-2255-663, which operates daily from 8am to 6pm, except on public holidays.