Honouring the Merdeka Generation

Born between 1950 and 1959, the Merdeka Generation grew up during the tumultuous years of the 1950s and early 1960s. They steered the labour force in turbulent times, building a sturdy foundation. The men of the generation were among the earliest to serve National Service, while some of the women left school early to support their families.

Together with the Pioneer Generation, they have contributed greatly to Singapore during a time of struggle, hardship, and sacrifice.

You are eligible for the Merdeka Generation Package if you:
• Were born from 1 January 1950 to 31 December 1959; and
• Became a Singapore citizen on or before 31 December 1996.

The Merdeka Generation Package is also given to seniors who:
• Were born on or before 31 December 1949; and
• Became a Singapore citizen on or before 31 December 1996; and
• Do not receive the Pioneer Generation Package.

Honouring the Merdeka Generation

Merdeka Generation Tribute Event

A tribute event for the Merdeka Generation was held at Gardens by the Bay on 2 Feb 2019. Guests included dedicated volunteers, public servants, business leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life. They reminisced as they viewed art murals showcasing sights of old Singapore, and enjoyed performances by fellow Merdeka Generation members like Dick Lee and Rahimah Rahim.


PM Lee’s Speech

At the Merdeka Generation Tribute Event on 2 Feb 2019, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong thanked the Merdeka Generation for their past and ongoing contributions to Singapore’s progress. He talked about how the Merdeka Generation was part of Singapore’s journey from a third world to a first world city, and played a crucial role post-independence.


Merdeka Generation Short Films The Merdeka Stories

This series of four short films recognises the Merdeka Generation’s contributions and the sacrifices they made. Directed by four local award-winning directors, Don Aravind, Martin Hong, Priscilla Ang Geck Geck, and Wee Li Lin, together with local writer Jean Tay, the films look back at memorable experiences set in Singapore of yesteryear.