It’s fucking sad to be old in Malaysia

As the title of this blog says, it is.

Having a cuppa with mom at the airport
Having a cuppa with mom at the airport

I was walking in city centre today, heading to a bank before meeting client and colleague for the meeting.  Many parts of the walk ways in city centre are seriously not senior citizen friendly, at all.

For examples:-

  1. The heights of the pavement from the roads, require most with really strong knees to ‘climb’ over.  You generally can not step on, or off, because you need really strong knees to do so.
  2. Some parts with the slope to help the older folks to come down, instead of using the stairs, since they are not so friendly to their knees, are above 45 degrees.  You imagine, raining days, or wet day, and wet road surface, you think the old folks are not going to die there?
  3. Lifts.  I brought my mother to the airport earlier to put her on a flight to Penang, to visit her sisters and brother in Georgetown and Bukit Mertajam.  We took the escalator up to OldTown, since she wanted to have dinner before the flight, and to come down just 1 floor, we took the stairs.  The stairs are no friendly to my mother.  I held her hands, because the bar handler was filled with human stains, oil!  OMFG.  Where is the lift for the older folks, wheel chair folks?
  4. So, I requested the airline for the wheelchair and aid for my mother, waited for the aid to arrive, was on dinner break.  No problem.  The airline counter personnel directed us to a waiting area, with a signage which says ‘Priority seats’ with pictures of elderly etc.  Guess what?  The seats were occupied by the young family with kids.  When we went there, pointed to them that these seats are for the needy, they just pretended do not know what Malay language I was talking about.

So my conclusions about getting old and living in Malaysia:-

a) Do not live too old.

b) Move out of Malaysia, if your kids are already abroad

c) Stay at home, do not go any where, because the public facilities are not for you

d) Hired a maid.  Yep, so pathetic kind of suggestion

e) Have your kid(s) tag along every where you are going.  Including toilet.

f) Have at least one of your kids not working, quit his or her job, stay at home with you.  How to do that to survive?  Can.  Withdraw all your savings, KWSP etc for this.

I remember reading this, in 2030, we will be an ageing country.

So better be quick to think about this before you are too old.

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