Monday, October 1, 2012
"We have a lively community in Northwest District where there is plenty for residents to do to keep fit or have fun and make new friends. Whether you are young or old, there is a whole host of activities you can join.
The most popular activity in the district is brisk walking. Although we have been promoting brisk walking for around 10 years, interest remains strong was we constantly plan novel activities. We have 135 Brisk Walking Clubs in the District with 56,000 members. Recently, we held our first Brisk Walking Festival where we organized 110 thematic walks taking members all over Singapore, including to the newly-opened Gardens by the Bay."
Naturally most of the participants could ill afford the $2,000+ digital SLR Mayor Teo Ho Pin was having fun with in the illustration for the Sept-Nov 2012 issue of North West Cohesion magazine article. Brisk walking is all they can do, since BATA (Buy And Throw Away) still makes cheap knock-offs of branded foot wear. They may offer you free porridge, but definitely not an ergonomically correct pair of shoes from Nike. That will call for a hike in GST. The Member of Parliament (MP) may get extra for the mayoral boon dongle, on top of his S$192,500 per year tax free MP allowance, but that's for his personal entitlement.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the "The Australian" that Singaporeans think their government is "not poor" and as such, expect the government to do more for them. Specifically, he said Singaporeans will get help, but the help is not something they are absolutely entitled to.
You think the 100+ new facilities to be built for the elderly are actually constructed because "we will be a society that embraces ageing and our seniors with a big and loving heart", as Health Minister Gan Kim Yong hopefully expressed at the Man Fu Tong Nursing Home mid-Autumn Festival celebration? Think again. A bed in those nursing homes will set you back $1,600 to $2,000 each month. If you looking for a government subsidy, grandma will have to be in category 4 or worse - can't walk, feed or wash herself. Like those grandiose education hub, medical hub, IT hub schemes, the whole senior care master plan is just another money making, GDP growth boosting, profit driven venture. Nothing is sacred, the silver haired generation is just another piggy bank to help themselves to.