Today, I found a letter addressed to my mother in the letter box and my heart leapt up, as hope springs eternal.
The envelope carried the Singapore crest and the important words On Government Service, in capital letters. There was even a tag line near the bottom of the envelope which instructed”Be the best that you can be” — also, all in capital letters.
I suddenly felt very pleased. Must be the Finance Minister has relented over the old-old living in housing that’s got annual values of more than $20,000, never mind if they don’t own the roof over their heads and what little savings they have won’t earn enough to feed a parrot for a year!
I suddenly felt a renewed warmth towards our government.
Mum would be getting her GST offsets and Medisave top-up after all! :D!
Alas, just like the milk maid with her day dreams, my happy thoughts over mum receiving some extra pocket money came crashing down when I opened the important looking letter on her behalf.
Shucks, it was from the Elections Department, informing mum that she’s been struck off the Register of Electors because she didn’t vote the in Presidential Election! The letter suggested that she get herself restored, via the Internet, mail or fax.
I would normally have thought the ED’s letter quite humorous and would have gone 😆
But not this time, mainly because I still feel sore about how un-inclusively the GST and Medisave top-ups had been distributed in 2012 Budget, as I had stated here previously.
The snub dealt mum re the GST exclusion made me extra picky with everything government-related — at least for the time being. Thus I thought it ridiculous of the ED to say that mum’s name was deleted from the electors’ roll because she didn’t vote at in the Presidential Election.
Eh, wake up ED. Mum already missed the May General Election! Furthermore, she received an invite just be4 the Presidential Election to get her name re-instated to enable her to cast her vote for the new president. She ignored the invite. Or rather, her care-givers decided to give it a miss.
Because at 87, going on 88, she can’t tell what day of the week it is! While she can feed herself and wash her face and brush her teeth and use the toilet independently, she needs someone beside her to issue verbal reminders at every step of each activity.
So how could she have voted at the GE or the PE since no one would have been allowed to give her instructions or reminders on which candidate to vote for?
As for offering her to get her name reinstated via Internet, the Election Department clearly has no idea how old she is. But I guess it’s too much to expect those in charge over there to realise from her IC Number that she isn’t your iPad toting hottie 🙄