SINGAPORE: Singaporeans can now check the assets of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) in the four main languages of the country.
When a CPF member logs into his account and appears on his "My cpf home page", he sees a course asking him to help with "a test with translated CPF information".
When he clicks the "Start" button, tabs appear for each of the four languages on the page. The user can then click on the appropriate tab and the page will be translated accordingly.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan praised the initiative on Monday (1 October).
"Digital services should be accessible to everyone, regardless of language, which is a matter I have been talking about for a long time," said Dr. Balakrishnan, who is in charge of the Smart Nation initiative in Singapore, in a Facebook message.
"I am pleased to report that the Singaporeans can now start monitoring their CPF balance and can request improvements for Active Seniors (EASE) in their HDB flats in all four languages."
He said that patients from the Polyclinics of the National Healthcare Group will also be able to book medical appointments online in the four languages before the end of the year.
"We are re-designing digital government services to make them simpler, more intuitive and more accessible to all citizens," said Dr. Balakrishnan.
"We are also grateful for the support of community groups Mendaki and SINDA in reviewing the translation, and the rollout of multilingual digital government services makes digital services more inclusive and more accessible in a multilingual #SmartNation."