Have you collected TraceTogether Token? What’s in for Singapore Permanent Residents?

TraceTogether tokens has started their distribution from 14 Sept 2020, as Singapore ramps up its contact tracing efforts.

The priority was given to seniors as they are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and may have difficulty using the existing TraceTogether app, according to Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan.

How does the TraceTogather token works?

The tokens exchange short distance Bluetooth signals with other tokens or mobile phones running the TraceTogether app nearby. Like the app, it does not capture geolocation data or have internet or cellular connectivity. Records of proximity data of close contacts are encrypted and stored for no more than 25 days. Data is only extracted from those who are confirmed Covid-19 cases – According to the Ministry of Health.

The tokens exchange short distance Bluetooth signals with other tokens or mobile phones running the TraceTogether app nearby. Like the app, it does not capture geolocation data or have internet or cellular connectivity. Records of proximity data of close contacts are encrypted and stored for no more than 25 days. Data is only extracted from those who are confirmed COVID-19 cases – According to the Ministry of Health.

Who can collect it?

All residents (including Employment Pass, Personalized Employment Pass, EntrePass or S Pass holders), aged 7 & above, are eligible to collect a token. Each person is only entitled to per token at selected Community Centres/Clubs.

How to collect it?

You will need to show identification with a barcode (NRIC, work permit, driver’s license, Pioneer Generation Card, Merdeka Generation Card) when you collect your token. You may pick it up on behalf of family members, as long as you produce their ID as well.

Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the Singapore Government has worked tirelessly to ensure that the infected are isolated, contained, and all contacts they may have made in recent days prior to infection are track and traced.

Singapore is a safe country

Singapore is widely regarded as one of the safest countries globally, with consistently low crime rates, a transparent legal system, and a reliable police force supported by proactive citizens.

It is a critical factor to consider when you are considering migrating to a county. Personal safety is a top priority factor. you would want your family and yourself to live in Singapore to the confidence that your safety is always in good hands, especially in COVID-19 scenario. Apart from other factors such as a high quality living environment, the education system, political satiability etc. Singapore is admired by many countries citizen in every aspect, from its kind people to its transparent government. Singapore is widely regarded as one of the safest countries globally, with consistently low crime rates, a transparent legal system, and a reliable police force supported by proactive citizens.

Singapore has proven to be the best country in managing COVID-19, and was specially commended by the World Health Organization. This stands in stark contrast to other infected countries. A responsive and reliable government played an essential role in combating economic crisis and handling pandemic outbreaks. 

Benefits received by Singapore Permanent Residents/ Citizen and Companies relocated to Singapore 

Singapore government launches various measures (for example, a S$4 billion Stabilization and Support Package in February 2020, a S$48.4 billion Resilience Budget in March 2020 etc), to help Singapore residents cope financially during COVID-19 hits. Singapore government also rolled a slew of measures to assist companies with cash flow, defray wage costs, provide training (upscaling workers’ skill), retain workers etc. All Singapore Permanent Residents (PR) or companies that relocated to Singapore will entitle to these benefits. Check out our article on Business Relocation to Singapore.

Another relevant example: The TraceTogather token is given away free to all Singapore Residents (including Employment Pass, Personalized Employment Pass, EntrePass or S Pass holders), aged 7 & above.

  • The Government will offset 8% of Singaporean and permanent resident employees’ wages, capped at $3,600 per employee monthly, for three months during CONVID-19 period.
  • The Wage Credit Scheme, which supports companies embarking on transformation efforts and encourages employers to share productivity gains with workers by co-funding wage increases, will be enhanced.

Another relevant example: The TraceTogather token is given away free to all Singapore Residents (including Employment Pass, Personalized Employment Pass, EntrePass or S Pass holders), aged 7 & above.

A few weeks ago, when SIA Group announced their decision to cut 4,300 positions across its airlines – Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and Scoot – as the aviation industry continues to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some SIA foreign pilots were affected by the retrenchment exercise.

One of the retrenched foreign pilots was a Malaysian national. He regretted deeply for not having tried to obtain Singapore citizenship or submit his Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) Application. He further mentioned that they are the first batch of the foreign pilot to be laid off. He speculated that maybe due to they are not Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents (PR). He thought that if he processes Singapore Citizenship or even as a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR), his retrenchment could have been delayed. He blamed himself.

There was another retrenched foreign pilot, a Filipino. He has been living in Singapore for nine years with his wife and two of his four children. He was holding on to an Employment Pass (EP) holder. He was also one of the pilots who was laid off. His son is in Secondary One, and now the son has to adapt to a whole new education system when he returns to the Philippines because they can no longer stayed in Singapore.

Is it great to be a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)/ Citizen? The answer is obvious.

Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) holders enjoy many of the benefits and rights that are given to full Singapore citizens. 

A recap of benefits of being a Singapore Permanent Residents (PR):

  • Simplified Travelling – Enjoying more straightforward procedures of getting visas to travel to various countries.  
  • Family United – Able to apply long term stay for parents and include the spouse and children.
  • Job hopping becomes a less painful process – avoiding delay/rejection when cancelling old Singapore Visa and reapplying a new one.
  • Financial and Tax – Under Singapore’s Central Provident Fund. It is a must for CPF contributions; the taxable income will be lower after deducting CPF from the salary. CPF Amount can use for health care, home-ownership, family protection etc.
  • Greater ownership in this tiny nation – enjoying better tax rates, entitled to government-subsidized public housing) from Singapore Housing Board Development (HDB). Singapore Permanent Residents can purchase resale government public housing.
  • A higher priority to borrow various loans – for example: in applying for housing loans to purchase a property.
  • Lower medical expenditure
  • Stability of residence

Becoming a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) opens many opportunities for you to live, work, and invest in Singapore’s society and economy.

Applying for Singapore Permanent Residents may not as difficult as you have imagined. Why stop yourself from doing so when there are apparent benefits and goodness to be gained for.

Act now before you regret it!!

Check your eligibility here.

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