Singaporeans born in 2015 to receive special jubilee edition birth certificate

A woman putting up her suggestion for the Jubilee Baby Gift package at VivoCity on April 13, 2014. All Singaporeans born next year will be issued a special edition birth certificate with a commemorative mark as part of the Jubilee Baby Gift bundle to
A woman putting up her suggestion for the Jubilee Baby Gift package at VivoCity on April 13, 2014. All Singaporeans born next year will be issued a special edition birth certificate with a commemorative mark as part of the Jubilee Baby Gift bundle to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

All Singaporeans born next year will be issued a special edition birth certificate with a commemorative mark as part of the Jubilee Baby Gift bundle to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday.

This was a suggestion of many members of the public, and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore is supportive of the idea, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu told reporters on the sidelines of a community event in Yio Chu Kang.

A booth had been set up at the Mother's Day Carnival at Yio Chu Kang Community Centre to encourage people to vote for items that should go into the Jubilee Baby Gift.

Voting, which can be done online at the Jubilee Baby Gift site, will close on Thursday.

A shortlist of 15 items had been drawn up from about 6,500 suggestions submitted by members of the public. So far, about 15,000 Singaporeans have picked five items from the list to be gifted to newborns next year.

Ms Fu said practical items like a baby sling and multi-purpose baby shawl are currently in the lead, along with the commemorative medallion or coin.

She said things like subsidies for school fees and pre-school support should form "part of our overall review of (our) social system", and not just be rolled out for those born in a special year.

She explained: "We're looking for something special, commemorative, but not necessarily expensive. Because while we want to make this a special year, a special gift, we also want to be fair to the other babies who are not born in this year."