OPINION: The harsh reality of being old and poor in Singapore - Seah Chiang Nee

Malaysia Star, 6 Jul 2013
AN 82-year-old man found hungry and wandering in Johor Baru has sparked the discovery of several cases of elderly Singaporeans abandoned by their families in neighbouring towns and cities.
Once confined to hospitals and old folks’ homes in Singapore, these cases have now apparently migrated to nearby countries.
Informed sources said there had been several similar cases in Jakarta and Johor. One case was found in China. The number was, however, relatively small.
To the detriment of its image, such cases of parents abandoned in hospitals and old folks’ homes in Singapore had increased.
This has added to criticism that despite being one of the richest countries in the world, Singapore has failed to take care of its elderly.
It is a common sight to see older folks cleaning tables or toilets in Singapore. Others collect bottles or cardboards for sale. Full story
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