THE People's Action Party (PAP) will set up a new wing for seniors that will champion the cause of the elderly.
Its chairman will be Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be senior adviser.
The PAP Seniors' Group, or PAP.SG, is the party's response to the growing ranks of older Singaporeans, with those above age 65 set to make up one in five of the population by 2030.
This growing group has much to contribute but also has new needs, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday, making it clear the PAP.SG will be an interest and advocacy group for them.
To the warmest applause of the day, Mr Lee said the PAP.SG will be on the same level as the party's Women's and Youth wings, which are both headed by ministers.
Madam Halimah, an MP for Jurong GRC, envisioned ongoing focus groups to hear from seniors on how to better meet their needs.
"They are not on social media as much, but it does not mean we should not be concerned with their views and challenges," she said last Saturday.
In his speech at the PAP convention on Sunday, PM Lee also paid tribute to the pioneer generation of Singaporeans, and said the Government's package for them, focusing on medical needs, should be ready by the next Budget.
The forthcoming universal medical insurance scheme, MediShield Life, will also provide more assurance to older Singaporeans that their health-care needs will be met. It will cover everyone for life and provide better protection against large hospital bills.
"Coverage will be better. Premiums will go up, higher than the current MediShield premiums, but it will be affordable," Mr Lee said. "The Government will help and I think this is something we can afford and should."