SINGAPORE: More than 1,200 people have appealed to be considered as members of the Pioneer Generation since applications were opened last April. About half of them were below the minimum age of 65, while the other half failed to gain Singapore citizenship before 1987, as required by the rules.
The appeals panel says it will evaluate each case, with more consideration given to those assessed to have contributed to the nation. While the authorities said they have intensified efforts to process appeals quickly, it is estimated that results will only be available in September at the earliest.
Member of Parliament Tin Pei Ling, whose MacPherson ward is home to many elderly residents, urged the appeals panel to clarify the guiding principles of the review process. "I think that will give more confidence, and will also help to reduce potential confusion over who is or isn't eligible for it, and who can or cannot enjoy the benefits from this package," she said.
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