Would like to share some thoughts from my blog.
Another article on elderly cleaner in 2008 by a well respected blogger @ http://singaporemind.blogspot.sg/2008/04/elderly-cleaners-in-singapore.html
At every food court, shopping mall, hawker centre etc. we see lots of elderly cleaners. Probably in the Guiness world record.
Most foreigners are shocked by such a sight, including those from less developed countries but government has normalised the situation.
Our highly paid civil servants and politicians continue their ‘service’, oblivious because these places are for ordinary Singaporeans. Probably at some posh restaurants being served instead.
Whoever was in charge, there has been no accountability. Their numbers seem to be increasing and the government must be patting themselves on the back for being able to render more and more assistance?
Most of the elderly cleaners are in their seventies.
The sight is the same at hawker centres.
The government has been long on talk but short on solutions for years. The only way might be to have a minister put his parents in their shoes.
They just keep talking and talking and in the end, who is accountable? Nobody la.
Government insists on productivity and so on a busy night at IKEA, crockery could number in the thousands. Still working damn hard after diners have left.
Understandably, they were not in the mood for a chat. Some politicians like to talk about a gracious society. Ordinary people define this as bullshit.
This aunty (below) is in her eighties. Is the PM going to tell her that being poor in Singapore is “less badly off than in any other country in the world”?
I feel a lot of MPs are really useless when these sights have been normalised through inaction or incompetence. What message does it send to the younger generation?
Instead of addressing this issue, NTUC reframes it into one of providing assistance, more laughable when English courses are conducted for their benefit.
“Some think that being a cleaner is a job with few career prospects and low skill levels. But Mr Kwek Kok Kwong, chief executive of NTUC LearningHub, said: “We believe in helping to strengthen our Singapore core of workers, regardless of age and educational background.” http://www.edvantage.com.sg/edvantage/news/news/1836380/Older_cleaners_give_back_to_school_programme_a_tick.html
So this problem has been reframed into one where the solution is to provide language skills support? Come la, what kind of an idiotic statement is this? So give them some token like a certificate after finish English proficiency course? A $10 increment per month enough for 2 meals?
English course can improve their welfare meh? The joke becoming bigger when the government continues ignoring the elephant in the room.
How is it possible that those who helped build our foundation have this sort of ending?
This is really a great shame for Singapore.