I received an email from a retired naval officer who wants to share his concern and views with me of where he thinks the government has failed to honour its pledges that it cares for the people. Probably, the experience that he has with his aged parents who requires regular medical aid, has made him to doubt that the Caring Society slogan has any meaning at all, since as a government retiree, his parents is no longer entitled to the free medical privileges or assistance at government hospitals that was extended to his parents when he was in service.
Below is the full text of the email that I have received from the retired navy officer for viewing by my readers.
1. I have come to know recently that parents of retired government servants ( including retired Armed Forces personnels) are no longer entitled to extended free medical privileges and assistance. The parents are only entitled to such privileges and assistance whilst their children are in the government service.
2. The discontinuance of such privilege and assistance to all retired government servants is certainly not in keeping with the 'Caring Society' spirit that the government has been saying all along.
3. It must be remembered that once a government servant goes into retirement, all he gets now is about half of what he earns when he is in the service. And if he still has his aging parents to care, the medical bills required by them will pose a serious drain to his monthly pension, besides having to maintain himself, his family an to pay for the monthly dues.
4. The Malaysian society as we know, generally does not neglect their aging parents, nor would they want to deliberately dump their aging parents to the care of the Old Folks Home, like what we know of western societies. Our society is one that cares, and caring for ones parents until their final day becomes a responsibility to be borne by the children.
5. In fairness to all retired government servants who have served diligently for the many good years of their lives, they should not be deprived of the free extended medical privileges and assistance for their aging parents. And paying for medical bills at any private hospitals today can be taxing on a retiree, and it is for this reason that most retirees prefer to be treated at a government hospital.
6. In the true spirit of a Caring Society and Goodwill, I would like to appeal that the government continues to accord the aging parents of all retired government servants, the free extended medical privileges and assistance.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION