Govt could look at rewarding ex-NSmen: SM Goh
By Kenny Chee
THE Government could, in some way, look into recognising the contributions of older Singaporeans who have completed their national-service cycle, said Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
As a possibility, he suggested helping those over 55 years old with their medical needs.
SM Goh had been speaking at a post-National Day Rally dialogue last evening with more than 200 grassroots leaders from Marine Parade GRC.
He also added that the Government would take note of suggestions to recognise the sacrifices of those who have completed their national-service cycle.
Last week, the Ministry of Defence announced details of the National Service Recognition Award with payouts of up to $9,000 and $10,500 to NSmen. The award is only for Singapore citizens and does not benefit those who have already completed their national-service cycle.
SM Goh and Marine Parade GRC MPs Lim Biow Chuan and Ong Seh Hong also took queries at the dialogue on concerns such as foreign workers, traffic congestion, carpark woes and public-housing rules.
SM Goh said that the problems Singapore faces today can be resolved, "provided we take a rational approach".