In his hurry to sow doubts, he wrote:
The number of people honoured in this package does not increase. It will only decrease with time as more of them pass on.
The number of people honoured in this package does not increase. It will only decrease with time as more of them pass on. So there will never be a situation described by Leong where the number of PG seniors is more now than at inception.
340,000 pioneers left out of an initial 450,000 means about 76% of the original group is left. $6.16 billion left out of $8 billion is about 77% of the original $8 billion. Pretty good estimates actually. It certainly looks like there is neither over-estimation nor under-utilisation of the package.
They're budgeted for 20 years for the PG Package and on average, the Government expects to spend $400 million a year for such top-ups and subsidies for the pioneer generation.