This morning's Talkback on 938Live discussed the issue of old folks working and the DJ asked whether the old folks should be given a choice to work or stay at home as many are compelled today to work for the next meal and pay for necessities like electricity and water. As very few companies are willing to hire the old many end up working as cleaners and garbage collectors.
One caller suggested that old folks should be made supervisors and younger workers should do the hard work instead. Another called to say that it is good to have old folks working but she was concerned about the health hazard posed by the garbage they have to handle in some of these jobs....one man called to say this:
"You go to any country in Asean and Singaporeans are the ones who make people who should be grand fathers and grand mothers take up jobs like these. It is so shameful for us as a country. The govt can spend billions and even lose a few billions why can't they spend a few hundred million to take care of the old...." - 93.8Live caller 15 May 2009.
It is one thing to force young abled Singaporeans compete against foreigners but to ask our old folks in the last years of their lives to compete is downright cruel and wrong. We (myself included) should all be ashamed, we have all not done enough, we are all selfish cowards. Another caller reminded the DJs that they too can be that old person who has to dig the dustbin for aluminium cans when they grow old. What is stopping the govt from doing the right thing? Moral hazard to help these old folks? No welfare because it is a dirty word? ....whatever small moral hazard the govt fears that cause them not to take care of our old folks ...what really hurts our society far more is the damage to our soul and shame this brings to all of us. A govt that does not even take care of the old folks can never be trusted to take care of you in your time of need.