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最近我们的组织——快乐人生基金进行了一项调查。调查的对象是那些居住在建屋发展局政府出租组屋(注:不是租赁组屋)的老年人所面对的问题。经过调查结果,我们发现这些老年人面对支付水电费账单的难题。

老年人当中许多人由于无法承诺每个月按时支付家里的水电费账单,因此,目前是在《按使用付费计划》(PAYU“Pay-As-You-Use” System )下支付家里的水电费的。他们当中许多人拖欠了新加坡电力局数个月的水电费账单。他们当中许多人都通过社会服务组织和国会议员寻求协助。但是,由于这些寻且协助未能及时(得到有关方面的)回复,造成他们经常生活在黑暗的屋子里。这种情况对于居住在是极其危险的,因为他们的视觉是很低的。

这些老年人大多数人要嘛是独居的,或者是与其他老年人独居在一起的。

我们恳切希望政府是否能够考虑免除或者豁免对居住在(政府)出租房的老年人支付水电费。

他们当中都多人已经长期失业了。他们不少人是通过沿街售卖纸巾、或者售卖捡收废纸皮来维持晚年生活的。类似这样情况在无法得到任何依靠和没有孩子抚养下过日子的老年人是为数不少的。

可以想象得到,继续让这些老年人在面对(没有水电供应)的情况下生活在黑暗的环境下独居生活将会可能产生以外的危险的。让老年人在独居一室所可能产生的意外和在逝世时无人在身边,在经过数日死者的尸体腐臭后才被发现是一种不寻常的情况的。如果为这些提供豁免水电付费,我们是可以减少类似事件的发生的。

同胞们,假设您们同意我们所说的,老年人居住在没有水电供应的出租政府屋里是危险的,请您们协助我们发起的请愿书签名运动。

请向您们周边的同胞们分享这个信息和呼吁并要求他们参与这个请愿书签名运动。

团结起来、行动起来,我们可以改变老年人未来晚年生活。我们总有一天会与这些老年人一样的。

请愿书签名网址如下:

https://www.change.org/p/ministry-of-social-and-family-development-waive-pay-as-you-use-charges-for-seniors-staying-in-rented-flats-light-is-a-necessity/share?after_sign_exp=default&just_signed=true&share=true

Recently our group, Happy People Helping People Foundation did a survey to find out more about the problems our senior citizens living in rented HDB flats are facing and we found out that many of them are having difficulty paying their bills. There are many among them who are using the PAYU (Pay-As-You-Use) System in their homes because they are not able to fulfill their monthly commitment of paying bills. There are also many that owes Singapore Powers a great sum for not paying their bills for months. While there are many who seeks help through SSO & MP, results often do not come immediately and many end up living in the darkness of their small flat. This can be especially dangerous for elderlies because of their failing eyesight. (Pay-As-You-Use) System。

Many of these elderlies are either staying alone or with another person who is also an elderly. We hope that our government may consider, waiving electricity charges for our senior citizens especially those who are staying in rented flats because many of them are no long working and a handful of them are earning very little by selling tissue paper, selling recycled cans and cardboard boxes. Growing old without support and care from children can be very difficult for many of these seniors. Imagine all the possible accidents that can occur if they continue to live in the dark. It is also not uncommon for seniors staying alone to meet with accidents in the house and passed away without anyone knowing until a few days later when the body starts to rot and smell. With electricity, we can cut down the risk of such accidents.

If you agree that it is dangerous for senior citizens to stay in a flat without electricity, please help us sign this petition. Please also share this petition and urge friends to do the same.

Together we can change the future for our seniors. One day we will all be one.

https://www.change.org/p/ministry-of-social-and-family-development-waive-pay-as-you-use-charges-for-seniors-staying-in-rented-flats-light-is-a-necessity/share?after_sign_exp=default&just_signed=true&share=true

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