I wish to share with my readers an email that I received rebutting a letter titled, 'Retirees can't keep on turning to the govt' written by Marisa Demori of Ipoh that was published in The Star, on Friday 11 December 2009. The reason I decided to post the content of the email in its entirety, is to see how other pensioners like me will response to Marisa's letter. Contents of email is appended below:
I refer to Marisa Demori from Ipoh article on 'Retirees can't keep on turning to the govt'. I believe Marisa is talking out of point on what the subject is all about pensioners. Please speak for yourself Marisa, and understand the subject before you write on subjects which you do not have any idea about. You are just making a fool of yourself. And just keep your opinion to yourself..........PERIOD!
You might have come from a rich family, and is lucky you can afford to send your parents to any hospital if need be. But not so with the many poor govt pensioners.
We are not asking the govt for free alms. We are asking for the dues which our parents so deserve through their contributions and sacrifices, to have us served in the govt for so many years. For those parents who were in the govt service, they are well taken of. Get it Marisa!
What you are enjoying today does not fall out from the sky. They are there through the blood and sweat of the older generation. Even today, we still do help to build the country one way or other. Don't you ever say we or our parents' contribution to society is zero. Maybe you are, and I think you are plain stupid.
The govt still holds back more than 50% of our money. That is why we are pensioners and not EPF contributors. OK!
The pension paid to pensioners 10 or 15 years ago is small, and thereby the pension they are receiving now is barely enough in today's cost of living. Today, the earning power has increased by three or more folds. Some have still to look after their children needs, as well as their aged parents.
Medical fees are not cheap nowadays. I do not think any pensioner can afford to go to a private hospital, let alone to pay for their parents medical fees. That is totally out of the question.
This is bad PR for those hoping to join the govt service. I hope as a caring govt, the govt should return to status quo and continue to provide free medical service to pensioners' parents, as when they were in the govt service.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION