Happy Singaporeans? Miserable aged citizens?

25 Aug

According to a pan-Asian survey conducted in 2006, Singaporeans are a happy lot compared to the Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans and Japanese. 70% of them said they were happy.

The funny (more like, tragic) thing of course, was another article that revealed aged citizens being abandoned in nursing homes. According to this latter report:

‘Five per cent of the elderly at Bright Hill Evergreen Home have not seen their children for some time. The home said the children do not visit so as to avoid paying ward fees.

Ninety per cent of some 140 elderly in the home have children who are unable to support them’.

The knee-jerk reaction would be to accuse the children of these folks of being unfilial when we know the situation is more than meets the eye. A pressure-cooker lifestyle coupled with the rising cost of living dampened by stagnating wages means these children are increasingly unable to support their parents. And what about the older folks who are forced to work in manual work because they are unable to retire (and unwilling to become dependent on their children)?.

How can Singaporeans be happy when the most vulnerable in their society is being exposed to such cruelties inherent in the system?

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3 Responses to “Happy Singaporeans? Miserable aged citizens?”

  1. Chink August 26, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    This is the consequence when Singaporean citizens are taught to focus on the economic requirements and neglect the basic values as expected of being a human being. It is interesting to note that the happy lot interviewed are aged between 20 to 69. After they retire, they would probably become the miserable lot.

  2. joni August 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    I always find it odd in Singapore to see the elderly working in fast food restaraunts – just another indication that the elderly are not appreciated.

  3. Guijie March 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I wonder how Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew or his successor Lee Hsien Long would react seeing his own hard work of building this nation and destroying it with their very hands that build it all within their lifetime. Much like the famous quote from “Feng Yun” : “Chen ye feng yun, bai ye feng yun. Singaporeans need not worry about the 2012 End of World prophecy. Singaporeans should more concern about their own fate, destiny being destroyed by the land they were born in.

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