Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the launching of a new PAssion Silver Concession Card which was jointly launched on 4 December 2016 by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Ageing, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association and Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport.
As an initiative under the Action Plan for Successful Ageing, the PAssion Silver Concession Card is spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and People’s Association with support from the Land Transport Authority and Singapore Business Federation.
MOH said that the PAssion Silver Concession Card merges the existing Senior Citizen Concession Card and PAssion Card and will serve as a common identifier for the community and businesses to honour our seniors.
It said that seniors can look forward to Senior Citizen concessionary fares on public transport, in addition to a suite of merchant benefits and privileges. They will also have access to the People’s Association’s exciting range of courses, activities and programmes such as Senior Academy and Course Xpress courses.
MOH noted that the Card will be issued free to all Singapore Citizens aged 60 years and above. Starting 5 December 2016, the PAssion Silver Concession Card will be automatically mailed in batches to the registered home addresses of Singapore Citizens who are existing Senior Citizen Concession Card holders.
Eligible Singapore Citizens who do not currently hold a Senior Citizen Concession Card will receive a letter by 31 January 2017, inviting them to submit their photograph so that they can receive a PAssion Silver Concession Card.
MOH stated that all seniors who are eligible as of 31 January 2017 will receive their cards by 31 March 2017. Singapore Citizens who turn 60 on or after 1 February 2017 will receive their invitation letters when they turn 60.
It also said that upon receiving their PAssion Silver Concession Card by mail, seniors will need to activate their Card to start enjoying concessionary fares on public transport. Seniors can bring their new PAssion Silver Concession Card, along with their NRIC or existing Senior Citizen Concession Card (if any), to any TransitLink Ticket Office or Temporary Booth.
Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Ageing said at the launch, “Through the Action Plan for Successful Ageing, we have put together a comprehensive package of initiatives to encourage seniors to stay active and engaged in the community and enjoy their silver years. This card will serve as a platform to rally businesses and community partners around seniors, to honour and respect them and create more opportunities for seniors to enjoy many more years of healthy life.”
Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association, said, “The PAssion Silver Concession Card is a good example of how multiple government agencies are working together to better serve our senior citizens. With one card, seniors are now empowered to enrich their lives through the whole suite of programmes offered by PA such as the Senior Academy and Golden Work Series.”
“The card also offers them transport mobility and the ability to stay socially connected. We hope these efforts will enable our seniors to age well in a cohesive and supportive environment,” he added.
Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, said, “The PAssion Silver Concession Card will make it even more convenient for our seniors to enjoy concession fares. We hope the card will facilitate their active lifestyles by helping them get from place to place comfortably, conveniently and more affordably.”
Seniors with further queries on the PAssion Silver Concession Card can contact TransitLink Hotline at 1800-2255 663. The hotline operates daily, except Public Holidays, from 8.00am to 6.00pm.