Having attained basic care, time to aim for dignified aged care

In 1972, I travelled to the West for the first time on a sponsored student visit to Switzerland. As I marvelled at the sights in Zurich, my eyes searched for the sight of a slum. Incredulous at finding none, I asked my host to confirm what was unimaginable to me then.

Having grown accustomed to slums in Singapore and the region, I could not conceive back then that Singapore would be in the same situation as Switzerland decades later - a country without slums.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2018, with the headline 'Having attained basic care, time to aim for dignified aged care'. Print Edition | Subscribe