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120,000 Merdeka Generation folders mailed already, says Amy Khor

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Efforts on track to deliver 400,000 folders by end-July

About 120,000 Merdeka Generation (MG) welcome folders have been mailed to eligible Singaporeans as of last Thursday, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said yesterday. Efforts are on track to have over 400,000 folders sent out by the end of this month.

"We know the MG seniors are eager to receive the welcome folders as soon as possible, so we appeal to them for their patience.

"We are working hard together with the publishers, the production company as well as SingPost to mail this out as soon as possible," said Dr Khor, who co-chairs the Merdeka Generation Communications and Engagement Taskforce.

She added that there is a delivery tracking system in place so that undelivered folders can be re-sent after addresses have been updated.

Dr Khor was speaking to reporters at a lunch event to celebrate the contributions of MG women volunteers, organised by the People's Association (PA) Women's Integration Network Council.

The welcome folders include the MG card and a list of Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) clinics near the recipient's home. Another 80,000 folders had been given out at community events.

Dr Khor said that in addition to home visits, the Silver Generation Office has held more than 200 group briefings on the MG Package at workplaces and will continue to do this until the end of next year, as about 60 per cent of the MG are still working.

The MG Package aims to offset some of the healthcare costs of Singaporeans born in the 1950s and encourage them to stay active.

At yesterday's event, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said women in Singapore have the world's longest life expectancy of 87.55 years, so it is imperative for them to stay active and healthy through volunteerism, lifelong learning and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Women contributed the most to rising resident employment rates in the last decade, she noted in a speech to about 350 women. From 2008 to last year, women formed two-thirds of the rise in employed residents, said the Manpower Ministry.

Mrs Teo also highlighted the role of Women's Executive Committees - PA groups with about 2,500 members in all - that organise programmes for women to contribute to the community.

Over the years, they have created platforms to empower women and enable them to play meaningful roles in the community.

Yesterday's event at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre included a roadshow to promote awareness of the MG Package and volunteering opportunities.

Various constituencies are also holding activities to raise awareness of the MG Package, and last night, around 2,000 MG residents from Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas were treated to a dinner and concert.