Posts Tagged ‘senior citizens

PM Lee’s promise to help the pioneer generation: another of his beloved lip service promises?

September 1, 2013

The Singapore Tourist Promotion Board’s tag line is “Uniquely Singapore”. Perhaps, “Ironically Singapore” is closer to reality. In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the sight of elderly Singaporeans toiling away in menial and backbreaking jobs is common. PM Lee in his National Day Rally Speech 2013, in a rare display of sympathy, […]

PAP stands beside Singaporeans: another of PM Lee’s lip service Part 2

January 28, 2013

One of the things that strikes my friends from overseas is the huge numbers of our elderly still toiling away in menial and physically demanding jobs like cleaners. A China relative once remarked, “I don’t understand. Singapore is so rich yet why do your elderly still need to work? Some of them are well into […]

Tan Kin Lian: calling on stingy government to give pension to elderly

January 13, 2013

To the observant, there’s one aspect of life in Singapore that will not escape their attention. And that is the army of older Singaporeans in their 60s to their 70s, some even in their 80s I’ve personally seen, toiling away in physically demanding jobs as cleaners and road-sweepers. Having travelled in much of Asia, where […]

Fault lines between new citizens, native Singaporeans: whose fault?

July 23, 2012

In warning Singaporeans about social friction between new citizens and native Singaporeans, the quiet PM Lee has forgotten one thing: who is to blame for this unprecedented scenario? The ruling party, the PAP, had been stingy in tax breaks in helping young parents cope with raising their families. In contrast, they had been generous paying […]

National Day: majulah foreign talent?

July 22, 2011

Do you sometimes feel as if you are living in a Chinese province in Singapore? With the flood of PRC people everywhere I also feel the same way. Sumiko Tan of the Sunday Times wrote an article about her experience in Geylang. She was surprised by the overwhelming presence of PRC people there. In fact, […]

Is this why PAP is losing credibility?

July 10, 2011

I’ll not reveal the location for fear of the authorities evicting him but rain or shine he’s there (see pic below). Looking as if he suffers from malnutrition, he struggles to coax some tunes from his battered harmonica. Kind-hearted passers-by, touched by his pathetic situation, give him a donation. His plight is replicated across Singapore. […]

Politicians pay tribute to President Nathan: will she do the same?

July 6, 2011

In his post-election press interview Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said we must not forget the older generation whose blood, sweat and toil helped build Singapore. So, three months after the watershed General Election have there been any concrete actions taken or plans drawn up to help the elderly and needy. In China, the elderly […]

Singapore active ageing: shopping malls, do your part!

March 21, 2011

One of the tests of a true-blue Singaporean, apart from holding a pink Singapore identity card issued by the Singapore government, is how fast off the block you are when a new shopping mall opens its doors to the public. The latest shopping mall is Nex in Serangoon North. Apprehensive of a bruising battle with […]

Singapore transport operators – stop quibbling over senior citizen concessionary travel

October 17, 2009

In Singapore senior citizens have to pay full fare on trains and buses during peak hours. This has provoked a long-running debate in the papers. The situation in Kota Kinabalu provides a stark contrast. There senior citizens travel FREE on public transport in the city. At other public places like national parks and the museum, […]

Travel to Malaysia by KTM train

August 13, 2009

Despite frequent reports of crime and ever vigilant cops seeking to augment their standard of living at the expense of Singapore motorists, Malaysia remains a magnet for travel particularly by car. Many senior citizens from Singapore are unaware that they are entitled to a 50% discount on Malaysian trains, thanks to the magnanimity of KTM […]