The Central Provident Fund Board (CPF Board) has admitted to an error that saw $1.7 million in tax payers money being channeled to the Medisave accounts of 885 babies who were not citizens at birth. All Singapore citizens receive $4,000 Medisave Grant for Newborns (MGN) in their CPF Medisave account as part of the Marriage and Parenthood Package.
Being non-Singaporean at birth means that they were either not eligible for the MGN or should have received a pro-rated amount, depending on the age at which the child became a citizen.
Each child had erroneously received "extra" Medisave funds of up to $1,000 to $3,000.
The CPF Board assured Singaporeans that babies with Singapore citizenship were not affected and that the board has conducted a "thorough review of our processes and have strengthened them".
The Board will be recovering the overpaid amounts from the Medisave Accounts of these children in April and will keep the parents of these children informed through mail.