Home News Featured News PM Lee cries while introducing "Merdeka Generation Package" for those born in...

PM Lee cries while introducing “Merdeka Generation Package” for those born in the 1950s

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong broke down while speaking about the sacrifices pioneer Singaporeans have made as he introduced the “Merdeka Generation Package” during the National Day Rally 2018 that is ongoing now.

Speaking about how Singaporeans endured so many struggles as Singapore fought for independence and after it was liberated, PM Lee kept repeating “Merdeka!” before he played a video of his father Lee Kuan Yew rallying the people in 1959, telling them that the nation is beginning a new chapter in its history.

“Most memorable is his call to action, captured in this clip. You’ve seen it, you’ve heard it but it’s still electrifying,” PM Lee said before he played a clip of his father leading the people with the word “Merdeka!” – the Malay word for liberation.

As the clip ends, PM Lee calls the group born in the 1950s as the “Merdeka Generation” before asserting “There are 500,000 of the Merdeka Generation today and I am proud to be one of them” as the crowd at the National Day Rally goes wild with applause.

- Advertisement -

This is when PM Lee tears as he speaks of the upheavals the Merdeka Generation faced, and becomes more emotional as he asserts that the Merdeka Generation knew what was at stake as they saw their parents toil for the nation.

Sharing that those in the Merdeka Generation answered the call of duty and worked together for a better tomorrow, PM Lee acknowledged that while the Merdeka Generation were better off than the Pioneer Generation, they are still not as well off as those who came after them.

To help the Merdeka Generation, most of whom are in their 60s, PM Lee revealed that he is building a Merdeka Generation Package to help meet the healthcare expenses of those born in the 1950s.

PM Lee further revealed that the benefits for the Merdeka Generation will not be as large as those given to the Pioneer Generation because the pioneers “had much less advantage in life” but promised it will go “some way” in relieving their burden when it comes to healthcare.

Adding that the Package is launched to show the Government’s appreciation to the Merdeka Generation, PM Lee said that more details will be unveiled next year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzfxqXUzFlE

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

JTC issues stop-work order on contractor that ‘erroneously’ cleared Kranji woodlands

Singapore – The contractor that “erroneously” cleared a forested area at Kranji has announced it has been issued a stop-work order by JTC and is assisting the developer with investigations on the issue. On Feb 16, state-owned industrial property developer JTC responded...

Clementi, Dover, Kranji: Singapore’s grand conservation plan is to plant trees and destroy forests

Yes, we love to plant trees. Since Lee Kuan Yew started the whole ritual, at least 10,000 saplings are planted every year since 1963 as part of the Tree Planting campaign. Impressive indeed. Singapore Clean and Green. At the same time,...

Ex-UOB vice-president charged with mishandling over S$5.4 million

Singapore—Sixty-five-year-old Ling Shek Lun, who used to be a  vice-president at UOB, has been charged with mishandling millions of dollars, reported straitstimes.com (ST) on Friday (Feb 19). Ling, a Singaporean who was charged in district court on Feb 10, faces two charges...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent