Chinese New Year might have been a fun-filled time for many of us, having reunion dinners, visiting our relatives and the like.
However, not everyone in Singapore is so fortunate.
Amid our aging population, there are increasingly more elderly living alone in one-room rented flats in Singapore.
Many of them have no children, and no relatives that visit them during Chinese New Year.
Thankfully, some of our fellow Singaporeans – a group of Malay volunteers in Woodlands – displayed compassion and a little bit of ‘kampung spirit’ by caring for them!
On the first day of CNY, around 25 Malay volunteers arranged a “makan” session for 300 elderly Singaporeans who lived alone in HDB flats in Woodlands.
While most of the 300 particpants were elderly Chinese Singaporeans, there were some from other races as well.
Sembawang MP Amirn Amin caught wind of the event and posted about it on Facebook, lauding the organisers of the session.
In addition to the cheerful “makan session”, an additional 50 malay volunteers distributed packs of food such as chicken rice and beehoon to 100 homes, for the elderly that would find it inconvenient going outside.
In the days leading up to Chinese New Year, 30 Malay volunteers in Woodlands also helped tidy up the homes of eight elderly residents!
Overall, the sessions organised for the elderly Singaporeans were a success, and demonstrated Singaporeans’ compassion towards one another and racial harmony.
Hopefully, us as Singaporeans will be able to see more of such events in the future, and also participate actively in them!