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02览:343 和陈怀亮先生 作者:林珍
主题:评总理公署回函
作者:林珍 3:06pm 14/01/2006

回应: 珍姨,来点评论如何? 作者: 李客星 12:34pm 14/01/2006

我从2005年2月开始在这一座(Blk170)被建屋局遗忘翻新的一房式组屋办老人活动。三月开始,我写信并呈上统计数字与照片到所有相关部门,要求尽快翻新电梯和改善这里的设施,无需让老人家等足10年。建屋局回应说非常重视我的意见,会考虑。在那些信件里,我的语气是强硬、愤怒、尖锐、质问的(比下列一位读者在海峡时报英文论坛为文为该座组屋请命的语气更为苛刻〕。而所有当局给我的信件回应,其语气是平和的、包容的。

曾经有人在一角静静地观察我一个小时,看我在做些什么?然后,因为感动而突然现身要捐款让我买饭给老人吃。楼下没有乐龄中心,老人家参与活动时若想上厕所,十分不便。有人看我和义工从总部搬椅子、音响器材到这里好辛苦,又见老人家上下电梯不便,便自告奋勇向我提议请记者来拍摄,反映实情。我说:“让老人家保有他们的隐私吧!”

今有人按耐不住了,公开在英文网络论坛为这些老人请命,其目的为何?是吃饱没事做吗?非也,我相信其动机和凌庆荣读者(早报11-1-2006 喜事连连,忧事站边?〕是一样的。庆荣感叹“有技术的年长者委屈求全”,他呼吁:应让真正有需要者得到帮助,看看如何让底层低收入群体也能在日渐高涨的生活费下得到更合理的劳动收入,分享经济大好的果实。姑且不论庆荣读者在文中所例举的例子,和官府的统计相差多远?但是,我同意他所说:“从统计数字上来说,工作机会和全民就业的表现虽然可观,但从底层老百姓的生活素质与水平来说,他们还没有真正的能够分享与尝到国家经济大好的宏观果实。 虽然政府在水电杂费回扣和公积金填补等方面略有资助,但这毕竟只是一时或常年一次过的偶发措施。当然,对于经济底层人民天天都须面对的柴米油盐和交通费用等的生活问题和担子,这些资助虽然只是杯水车薪,但也聊胜于无。”

14-1-06,总理新闻秘书陈怀亮回函:政府全面扶助低收入者。贵为总理新闻秘书,其复函技巧务必超越凡人如我,因为,函件内容代表总理公署的看法,任何防卫性太深或用词不当之处,都会让人感觉不是舒服。人说宰相肚里能撑船,而我却在阅读此函时,感到防卫性极强,陈先生批评凌先生对政府一味冷嘲热讽,更以尖锐的而具指责性的语气反击:“政府鼓励人民辩论生活费和其他值得关注的课题,但是,这样的辩论要有成果,议论者应该具有建设性,应该力求客观。凌先生的信语气尖酸刻薄,显得意气用事,对政府作出无事实根据的笼统指责。这样的态度,无助于国家的发展和进步,也对改善低薪人士的生活毫无帮助。”

如果我是陈先生,我会这么回复:
“感谢凌读者对于社会底层低收入群体的关注,请凌先生放心,我们也和凌先生一样关心这一群体,目前,我们推出了一些援助配套来帮助这一群体。可是,我们也知道,无论我们多努力,总有遗珠之憾。倘若读者们有更好的建议和发现,请继续发表意见,让我们一起把扶助低收入者的工作做得更好。

总理公署其实也可以完全选择无需回复此函,因为,凌先生所列举的案例,倘若陈先生没有亲身接触的经验,是无法体会各中的辛酸的。我们的社会里,的确存在一些不为人知、生活在贫困中的孤苦中、老年人。所以,陈先生实在无需指责凌读者,反而应当感谢他。否则,读者一发表意见,就要如此被围堵,将来还有谁要多管闲事呢?那可是大家的损失啊!

这里有一些实例:
1.上个星期,一名老汉因为水电被断而导致他跌倒在厕所,目前伤重在医院。
2.双眼近瞎的老汉,昨天来要求我给他一点干粮和罐头度年。
3.需动手术的婆婆,担心医药费不足,拒绝听取医生劝告,入院检查和动手术。

供参考:
online forum of the Straits TImes:

http://www.straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/forum/story/0,5562,364086,00.html?

Have some HDB blocks been forgotten in billion-dollar upgrading plans?

Tucked away in one corner beside the luxurious Trellis Towers condominium stands a sturdy but outdated Block 170 in Toa
Payoh.
This block of flats is occupied by the elderly aged 55 to over
90-years-old. They are mostly unemployed and some suffer from poor
health. Most of them survive on monthly cash grants from the Public Assistance Scheme and are dependent on weekly food handouts collected and distributed by Care Corner Singapore.
A recent visit to the place left me flabbergasted not just because of the amenities available for these occupants but also a sense of social incongruity.
There's a mismatch in the amenities and the people residing in this
block. For example, the lift is slow and gives a shaky ride. To add to my bewilderment, both lifts do not serve every floor. They stop only at the ground level, levels 6 and 10.Picture this in your mind: A precarious old lady wobbling her way down two floors of stairs.
The Straits Times has reported that many HDB precincts were selected for various upgrading plans amounting to a stunning $1.5 billion. Will the occupants of Block 170 Toa Payoh be benefiting from these perks and if so, when? Many of the occupants in Block 170 are old. Some have leg problems and can hardly walk.
I would very much like to hear that we have not forgotten about this
batch of residents who, besides other amenities and welfare incentives, have overdue needs for lift at every floor, not in five years' time, not in 2010. It is a need that has to be fulfilled now.
Did our town council forget them? I sincerely hope not. Did the HDB
forget about them? I really hope not. Ironically, the HDB Hub stands not very far from Block 170.
There may be many other 'Blocks 170' in Singapore, with many of them
needing the lift-on-every-floor more than others. Pardon my ignorance as there may be plans for Toa Payoh's Block 170 by the Town Council or HDB.
We hope to see action real soon. I would be grateful to the relevant
authorities if they can address this issue with actions rather than
words.

Mak Wai Keong

本文修改于: 3:12pm 14/01/2006



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