Consider monthly transport vouchers for needy elderly

I recently assisted a woman in her late 60s or early 70s who was struggling to manoeuvre her mother's wheelchair down a ramp to alight from a bus in Marine Parade Central.

Her mother was probably in her 90s.

I suggested that the daughter consider taking a taxi in future. Her reply was that it was too expensive for them.

We have reached a stage where the elderly are taking care of the elderly.

Seniors were given transport vouchers in 2015 for SG50, but a one-off hand-out is never enough, especially when many of them need to commute regularly to hospitals and/or polyclinics for their medical check-ups.

Perhaps through means-testing, the Government could consider offering transport vouchers on a monthly basis to those who need them most.

Let us go the distance and really make Singapore a caring society.

Andy Chew Teck Huat

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Consider monthly transport vouchers for needy elderly'. Print Edition | Subscribe