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Mmmh ‘Warga Emas’ lah jawapannya, baru-baru ini ada jua ku tebaca al kisah Warga Emas yang kuranglah nilai emas nya, maklumlah tidak dihargai oleh masyarakat dan keluarga sendiri. Maklumlah emas kerepot.. Alahai janganlah dipandang pada kerepotnya, pandanglah pada jasanya kan.. kan..
Menurut penulis ada seorang nini tua berumur hampir 90 tahun, menjaja sayur untuk menyara cucu nya. Bayangkan lah Awang-awang dan dayang-dayang dalam keadaan begitu terpaksa menyara cucu cucu biskita sebab anak-anak kurang bertanggungjawab.
Kalau biskita pembaca di Brunei yang masih muda dan sehat wal afiat mau dihargai sesudah tua kelak, ani tah masanya kitani mempastikan kesejahteraan Warga Emas masa ani terpelihara dan berterusan sampai ke zaman emas kitani, ja…. , karang mun kitani memperjuangkan nasib warga emas sudah kitani pun jadi warga emas bukankah macam penting kan diri tu usulnya.. kian.. Bisai tah kitani semua memberi saranan kepada pihak yang bertanggungjawab agar memelihara kesejahteraan Warga Emas yang telah banyak berjasa kepada negara.
Baca cerita dari Pg Hj Abdul Rahman yang di terbitkan di seksyen pendapat BB kelmarin
Free seniors from poverty and neglect
I was travelling in a car around Gadong area when I met an old lady walking on the roadside carrying a basket behind her back. I stopped my car and approached the old lady and we then had a brief conversation.
To cut the story short, she told me she was selling vegetables to support not only herself but also her grandchildren. She told me she is nearly 90 years old.
The other story is about an old lady who has made an application to the relevant authority for assistance to repair her house, which is already in a bad condition, but regrettably the authority due to the reason that she has well-off children to support her had rejected her application.
These two scenarios have got me thinking, what if we meet the same fate as those old ladies when we get old?
Not unless we have a lot of money and have responsible children, we would live a happy life at that age, otherwise I am sure we will be spending the remaining years of our lives in unhappiness and depression.
In Australia, the government is really taking care of their senior citizens.
The government provides free apartment plus free home service visits, weekly allowances, free transportation and all other benefits and welfare for the old people.
On a weekly basis there are excursions arranged to bring the senior citizens together to visit places, to relax their mind and at the same time doing some exercise to maintain good health. Over there, it’s the doctor or health worker who visit the senior citizens at their home, not the other way around as we normally practise here.
Senior citizens who can’t do any work are placed in a special home with 24/7 care. It’s a haven for the senior citizens.
We, on the other hand, always like to push the responsibility to the other party when it comes to the welfare of old folks. The children are pushing it to the relevant authority by asking for financial assistance for their aged parents whilst the authority refuses to assist because they believe the children are taking advantage, which I must admit in many cases are true.
Because of this, most senior citizens have to work and live without any support, apart from the “gaji tua” which is not even enough if they also have to pay for the house, electric and water bill while at the same time supporting others who live with them i.e. children or grandchildren.
For those who are being looked after by their children … might be left alone inside a four wall whilst the children go to work. “Warga Emas”, literally meaning “golden folk”, is a word we refer to aged people or senior citizens here because we do treat them like “gold”… or do we?
I just hope things like the welfare of senior citizens should be brought up during the next State Legislative Council Meeting, but unfortunately as reported in the Borneo Bulletin, various issues that they have already raised in the previous LegCo meetings have not yet been answered or implemented.
I wonder why even after a year they couldn’t even give any answers to the issues being raised.
My opinion is that in order to make the system more efficient, a KPI should be introduced after each State Legislative Council Meeting to monitor and evaluate the performance of the individuals who are supposed to be responsible for actions which have already been agreed. This KPI can also be used to see if we are putting the right people at the right place.
I would suggest the relevant authority to look into the issue of senior citizens seriously because I believe some senior citizens in Brunei are being neglected not only by their children but also by the relevant authority.
The task to identify senior citizens who are being neglected should be carried out by the Penghulu and Ketua Kampong but sadly … often it is the media who are doing these people’s jobs.
The policy adopted by the Australian government is the best policy when coming to taking care of “Warge Emas”.
- Pg Hj Abdul Rahman
Nota Brunei fm: Pisang Emas bawa belayar, Masak Sebijik di atas Peti, Kalau OverCook (OverMasak) jadilah ia Warga Emas…