Connecting the Past and Future
PUBLISHED ON 01 Jul 2017
The People’s Action Party Seniors Group (PAP.SG) has been lauded by PAP Secretary-General and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for making inroads, within a short span of three years, into looking after the needs of the elderly.

Addressing about 500 activists at PAP.SG’s “Connecting the Past and Future,” Secretary-General Lee said the achievements of PAP.SG today, are possible because of the strong core group which has been faithfully serving since its inception.

“You draw from your experience to help our younger activists… whether it is how to handle difficult cases, how to rally the ground, what are the things to watch out for, or how to build the kampong spirit…” he says.

Besides thanking the pioneer group who started PAP.SG three years ago – Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob, Mdm Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, A/Prof Koo Tsai Kee and several others, Secretary-General Lee also singled out first-term MPs who are championing the needs of the elderly. “Joan, Rahayu, Pei Ling, Li Hui, Henry, Darryl… PAP.SG is not just driven by seniors, but also by the younger MPs.”

“Together,” he added, “you have infused the can-do spirit, and the passion for advocacy into PAP.SG and established PAP.SG as a platform for seniors to offer ideas and suggestions for national policies and issues.”

Concluding his speech, he said “I hope our activists, both young and old will stay connected, and continue to serve the society. To stand on the shoulders of giants, and build a better Singapore, together.”
Speaking at the event at One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Chairperson of PAP.SG and Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yacob described senior Singaporeans as a “gift to our society.”

Mdm Halimah added that PAP.SG has successfully managed to ensure that nearly all branches have a Seniors Group arm, one that is focussed on engaging senior activists and promotes the interest and welfare of our seniors.  She said: “I am really very grateful to our PAP. SG chapters for the work that they have been quietly doing on the ground to engage and mobilise our senior party activists in community work, particularly to look after the welfare of the seniors.”

Mdm Halimah also recounted the high regard and esteem for Singapore by overseas leaders. During her recent trip to Kazakhstan, Mdm Halimah said she met many senior Kazakh leaders who admired Singapore and would like to emulate Singapore.

“To them, we are a great success story of a country that has nothing but yet has succeeded over such a short period of time to provide a good life for our people. But it was not only the Kazakhs who thought well of us. I served on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation from 1999 to 2011, and I could feel that there was a healthy respect for Singapore among the member states that I interacted with. What was of importance to me, was also that I could walk with my head held high in the ILO, as I did not have to ask either the ILO officials or any developed country for assistance to improve our workers’ welfare, something that unfortunately many of my foreign unionist friends had to do to help their workers back home. It was a truly liberating feeling – a small country yet not beholden to anyone.”

She added: “The fact that we have done well today and can look forward to a good future is because of the solid foundation laid by our pioneers whose contributions must not be forgotten.”

The event today marks another landmark initiative by PAP.SG to engage and bond our seniors and to recognise their efforts. This initiative will be duplicated in other districts for the benefit of our seniors.