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LIFT BREAKDOWN IN PUNGGOL AFFECTS ELDERLY RESIDENTS FOR HALF A DAY

Residents at Block 621B Edgefield Walk in Punggol are furious that since last year, they have been facing lifts that does not work, and there seems no solution for this problem is forthcoming. The residents, especially the elderly at the block of flats, have been complaining about this to the Pasir Ris Punggol Town Council, but so far, the lifts still breaks down.

The block of flats, which mostly consists of rental two room flats and studio apartments, just had another lift breakdown on Saturday, where both lift were not functioning from afternoon all the way to midnight. In the response to the latest lift breakdown, MP Zainal Sapari said the lifts were part of the Sigma group of lifts, the company which had already been banned from tendering for any more lift projects since October 2015.

According to reports, the residents of the block, most of whom are the elderly, said that the lifts breakdowns are very frequent, even though technicians have been coming to fix the lift. Among the problems, the lift doors closed too fast before residents are fully inside the lift, and the lift will sometimes stop suddenly. The Town Council have stated that they ordered the lift operators to settle this issue soon, and action might be taken against them, including fines against the company.

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PAY FOR ONE MEAL FOR AN ELDERLY CARDBOARD COLLECTOR

Happy People Helping People Foundation is organizing a pay-it-forward meal donation for elderly cardboard collectors (not cardboard exercise) living in Toa Payoh, Cuff Road and Kreta Ayer. The elderly in these estates often spend long hours collecting cardboard only to earn $2-3 every day, which will typically buy them very little food.

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MILK POWDER FOR ELDERLY TOO COSTLY, GVT SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS TOO

With regard to the prices of infant milk powder, I hope the Government can also look into reducing the prices of nutritional drinks for the elderly. Many of the elderly may have difficulty eating nutritionally-sufficient meals because their swallowing muscles have weakened. Hence they need nutritional milk, such as from the Ensure brand, to get sufficient nutrition as part of their diet. The cost per tin, however, can be high — around S$40 and above — so it would be appreciated if the appropriate body could look into this.

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ELDERLY IN SG HAVE TO WORK UNTIL THEY DIE

Not one of us thinks the elderly aunties or uncles, who work selling tissues at hawker centers, or collecting cardboard and pushing their trolleys full of cardboard on the roads are actually working because they want to alleviate their boredom, or, in the words of a famous person here, for exercise. Only our Ministers think the elderly work and carried on working way past their retirement age, because they want to.

This is just their way of telling Singaporeans that the problems they all talked about, are actually not problems. We just make it an issue. Nonsense! Why would these elderly folks continue to work when they could not even walk that fast anymore? They would rather be somewhere relaxing, enjoying the fruits of their youthful labour, enjoying the retirement money they had worked so hard for all those years ago. Except, there are no retirement money, and there is no relaxing to be had. To be able to eke out a living in Singapore, one has to work until one cannot walk anymore.

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SINGAPORE'S ELDERLY WORKING POOR REFLECTS WHAT A SHAMEFUL NATION WE ARE

The further danger, said Dr Ng, is that such rigorous means-testing would “discourage others who might actually qualify if they tried”. Ms Wong Yock Leng, a senior social worker with Tsao Foundation, said: “When you ask for ComCare assistance, they will check for everything… That’s why a lot of people don’t apply anymore after that. It’s so daunting, the whole process.”The shame of a 1st world nation?

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SBS DRIVER SLAMMED BUS DOORS ON OLD MAN, REFUSED TO APOLOGISE OR HELP

81 year old Lee Hak Ngee was going home from his eldercare centre when an SBS bus slammed its doors on him. The incident caused him excruciating pain which he described as a "knife slicing him". His middle and ring fingers were injured because of this.

Mr Lee was waiting for the passenger in front of him to board bus 113 when the doors shut and injured him. It was only when he shouted that the bus captain noticed and opened the doors.

The driver did not apologise or rush to help the old man. Instead, he only told him to see the doctor and give him a call afterwards. Mr Lee had no choice but to tap his ezlink and sit down again.

Mr Lee is a heart patient who also suffers from diabetes. Even if he was not a patient, surely the bus captain could have helped him and not leave him in the lurch?

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SUPER FIT 65 Y.O. UNCLE DOES SUPERMAN STUNTS, PUTS YOUNGER MEN TO SHAME

A Singaporean elderly man was spotted in a local park performing exercises, such as handstand push ups and planches, that would put most younger men to shame. Readers reported seeing the man performing his usual exercise routines, which involve him riding a unicycle along a stretch of railing along the reservoir, for some time.

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