So this is life in Singapore, you spend your entire life working for money and when you're old the govt encourages your children to put you in a nursing home in Johor to save money. One might think it is worthwhile for the govt to set aside some land at low cost for such nursing homes so that Singaporeans can stay near their children when they are old. But this is economically not optimal for the PAP govt putting aside land which can be sold off to developers to build million$ condominiums for the rich or develop another money making XYZ hub. Setting aside land for nursing homes for the old who have contributed so much to the country is a no-no. Lets put them in Johor where it is cheaper so that we can eke out an extra 0.4% growth with the land.
I wonder at which point Singaporeans will in large numbers reject this notion of Singapore Inc - a nation set up for the main purpose of making money and pursuing GDP growth at all cost. We have land for golf courses...ah golf the favorite game of our elites and no land for our old. Tell me how can one not be disgusted with Khaw Boon Wan's idea - I thought we have burnt this idea once and for all during the last elections along with means testing. But these ideas are like zombies they cannot be killed as long as the PAP is in power - they will find ways and means to revive them with the help of Straits Times.
Tell me why...tell me why we can have so much land for golf yet we have to send our old folks to Johor???! Our old have to be sent to another country and separated from their families so that some of our elites can play this game of hitting a ball into a hole when they are not taking french cooking lessons.
Live in nursing homes in JB?
SINGAPOREANS could consider living in nursing homes in neighbouring Johor Baru, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan suggested yesterday.
It would be cheaper, yet be near enough to Singapore for family members to visit and for residents to return for medical care if necessary, he said.
He told Parliament yesterday that he recently visited a site in Johor Baru where a Singaporean investor was planning to build a 200-bed nursing home.
He asked the investor about the costs involved, and was stunned at how low they were.
He said: 'It is mind-boggling. The cost of land and construction cost is so low that my cost of putting up just a polyclinic (in Singapore) is probably more than his cost of putting up a 200-bed nursing home (in Johor Baru).
'The monthly cost of keeping a resident in a private nursing home in Singapore, you can stretch it easily to pay at least 2-1/2 months of nursing home care in Johor Baru.'
If any medical problems cropped up, the elderly could be taken back to Singapore by ambulance, he said.
For most Singaporeans, visiting a relative in a Johor Baru nursing home would not pose significant difficulties, he said.
The investor, who is a nursing home chief executive, told him that many people visited their relatives weekly, even in nursing homes in Singapore.
Mr Khaw added: 'Of course many visit daily, but quite a significant number visit only during the weekends, so what is the difference in putting them in Johor Baru?'
LEE HUI CHIEH