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What is MOST SHOCKING in Singapore?!

Postby lotus sutra » Sun, 03 Jul 2005 10:22 pm

New Paper this Sunday interviewed a few China girls.

What they found MOST SHOCKING isn't the wonderfully rich lifestyle singaporeans lead or the MRT nor are they impressed
by the big cars Singaporeans drive.

What they found MOST SHOCKING is this in the exact words:

"We are shocked to see old folks clearing
dishes at food courts. Back home, most of
the old folks would be enjoying their retirement"..

You know it didn't occur to me how irregular this was although I spent considerable amount of time overseas.

It is so common in Singapore it fell into the background of my senses and I thought nothing of it. But the words of this girl did strike me in an "emperor's new clothes" sort of way,

I suddenly realised, in all my travels to many countries, there is NO other country where so many old folks are struggling to make a living.

Something has failed in Singapore. ...




:shock: :shock: :shock:

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Postby Guest » Sun, 03 Jul 2005 10:33 pm

Family values?

Now you know the meaning of saving face.

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Postby yoongf » Sun, 03 Jul 2005 10:47 pm

There are not many cheap things for old folks to do in their retirement in Sg.

Many actually work to past time and socialise. But's it's true that many older folk are struggling. I attribute it to lack of educational opportunities when they were younger, and the ever changing pace of life in Sg.

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Postby Guest » Sun, 03 Jul 2005 11:50 pm

omg~!!!


excuse me ,this person muz be crazy... i think he too post this kind of message in the other expat forum...plz do some thing about it@!!!

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Re: What is MOST SHOCKING in Singapore?!

Postby ksl » Mon, 04 Jul 2005 12:17 am

lotus sutra wrote:New Paper this Sunday interviewed a few China girls.

What they found MOST SHOCKING isn't the wonderfully rich lifestyle singaporeans lead or the MRT nor are they impressed
by the big cars Singaporeans drive.

What they found MOST SHOCKING is this in the exact words:

"We are shocked to see old folks clearing
dishes at food courts. Back home, most of
the old folks would be enjoying their retirement"..

You know it didn't occur to me how irregular this was although I spent considerable amount of time overseas.

It is so common in Singapore it fell into the background of my senses and I thought nothing of it. But the words of this girl did strike me in an "emperor's new clothes" sort of way,

I suddenly realised, in all my travels to many countries, there is NO other country where so many old folks are struggling to make a living.

Something has failed in Singapore. ...




:shock: :shock: :shock:
Actually there are many countries, where people of all ages ars suffering, not only Singapore. I have seen also in Taiwan in the 5 years I spent there, many people struggling, collecting recycle waste products, to make a few cents.

I guess there are many thousand, that have no families to rely on, or are outcast from the families, I quite often make a remark to my Mrs, to not forget them, it is no fun at all selling tissue paper for 50 cents for 12 or 14 hrs a day. But they have their dignity, which is better than begging, in my eyes, so i will always help out if i can.

Countries with know social welfare will always have these problems, it's a fact of life. I would also like to point out, that mainland china in fact have a bigger social problem, than many mainland Chinese even know about.

Only the people within the Cities are registered and cared for, those outside of the Cities are a forgotten race, in the sense, that they have no freedom of movement. Literally hundreds per day are sent back from Beijing to the outskirts, after arriving to look for the golden egg, which doesn't exsist.

Villagers are exploited for the agricultral crops, and probably have to survive on a 1000 yuan a year. in comparison to the vast profits people are making in the cities. So the distribution of wealth is far from fair.

So the few Chinese girls that are shocked over what they see here in Singapore have obviously been protected/ which of course they are protected from what is going on in mainland China.

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Postby yahu » Mon, 04 Jul 2005 12:20 am

hi, err...just wondering...how do you post a reply with the previous post included as you have just done? thanks.

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Postby ksl » Mon, 04 Jul 2005 2:54 am

yahu wrote:hi, err...just wondering...how do you post a reply with the previous post included as you have just done? thanks.


Quote button top right corner, You can also click on quote, when you are in post a reply, just look at the labels above the post box you are writing in.

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Postby Oriental » Mon, 04 Jul 2005 6:56 am

There is nothing wrong with honest work even at an old age. Serving a purpose is a gift just as having the social interaction with customers and colleagues. In my home country the elderly are being pushed out of the job market. All of them will do just fine in an economical sense, but many will face loneliness and the feeling of being obsolete.
Impossible is nothing!

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Postby elizabeth » Mon, 04 Jul 2005 9:36 am

I think there are too many old folk in Singapore.. Well at least they got a job to work on.. they mke their living with their labour rather than begging on the street..

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