3/01/2009

Notable quotes by Chok Tong

'Find ways to honour seniors' Goh Chok Tong Chok Tong said, "It is timely for us to reflect on how to adapt and adjust to this 'silver tsunami'. How we should relate to the elderly, leverage on their talents and life experiences and honour them for their contributions." He also commented about the trend for children to abandon their parents in nursing homes. He warned that how we treat our old today will set the tone for how we will be treated when our time comes. Yes, what kind of society are we? Compare what Chok Tong said and what Boon Wan has suggested, building cheaper nursing homes in JB and neighbouring countries, we get a different measure of the speakers. What Chok Tong said is like what the Chinese saying, 'ren jiang de hua', or the human lingo. Saying things that reflect human values or being human. There is nothing wrong with Boon Wan's idea. Those are very practical, reasonable, cost effective measures for people who have money not enough. But such things can be done, discreetly, and not spoken with a loud hailer. The things that Chok Tong said above will be received quite kindly and agreeable to most people. In Boon Wan's case, ouch, it hits the raw nerve of humanity, of emotions and feelings. These are the attributes that make human beans human. Devoid of them, down playing them, will turn us closer to being inhuman, inanimate. Use and throw away mentality. Now, would there be criticism or anger to what Chok Tong has said? They will be, depending on which angle one is looking at it. Some may split hairs, question his intent and interest. But generally, these are things that politicians should be saying, national leaders should be saying.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

First of all the Government should be the first to reflect and adapt to this 'silver tsunami' by alloting land to build affordable (hopefully) old folk's retirement homes instead of just selling land to the highest bidder to make more money to squander overseas.

Politicians generally do not mean what they say, and do not say what they mean. Just like his 'more good years' slogan. The ministers and MPs certainly are enjoying more good years now, but most Singaporeans are just clueless about how much more goodness have entered their lives since then.

Lost Citizen

Anonymous said...

Boon Wans' Superiors, Chok Tong included, (were) are the people that bred and breed the culture of the youngs to abandon their old parents. Highrise pigeon hole living is another main cause. And the smart health minister was applying his pragmatic solution to solve the problem caused by his towkays which drew lots of rotten curses.

Now, one who had a big hand in policies, is finding ways to help his subordinate, wish he is convincing.

Matilah_Singapura said...

I reckon that throughout S'pore political history, this man — fully sober — has spoken more shit than Devanair when he was drunk.

Useless man!

Anonymous said...

To help prime the economy, we should continue to go for foot massage.. but sir, no money for foot massage, can give state-funded coupons like in China..? Where does the money goes after that.?