The setting up of a new party wing to tackle the challenging issues of an ageing population is in line with the People's Action Party's goal to uphold an open and compassionate meritocracy ("New party wing to be seniors' advocate"; Dec 9). That the wing is helmed by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob and has Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong as its senior adviser indicates the importance Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong places on the ageing issue.
Apart from seeing to the immediate needs of the elderly such as health care, housing and employment, the pertinent question to ask is: How can we raise the level of respect for our seniors?
There are positive outcomes and implications when the elderly poor in a First World country are well taken care of and held in higher regard by its citizenry, especially the young.
The ruling party has set the tone to better the lot of our seniors. I hope more Singaporeans, government bodies and non-governmental organisations will work closely and actively with the new wing to achieve its goals in championing the cause of the elderly.
Goh Ah Seng
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