Elderly aches that hide deeper pain?
By Tan Hui Leng, TODAY | 10 May 2008
The elderly suicide rate peaked in 1995, at 52 per 100,000 males and 33 per 100,000 females. This was the world's second highest rate after Hungary. But in recent times, with intervention and support from government and community, the rate has been steadily decreasing over the years to 27 per 100,000 males and 11 per 100,000 females in 2005.
While attempted suicides among the elderly have declined over the years, the proportion of young people attempting suicide seems to be on the rise, from 3.1 per cent in 1991 to 15.6 per cent in 2000. Peaks occur in May and October, which are often the exam months.
The olds should die, because being unproductive, they are an economic burden to Singapore.
The youngs should die too, because being academic losers, they are also an economic burden to Singapore.
In Singapore, only the economy matters. Everything else must support it or be exterminated!
Now, of course we cannot directly encourage them to die. But, we can indirectly encourage them, by making it easier for them to decide. Haha!
We can make sure there is no welfare for the olds.
We can make sure our school exam system is very unforgiving.
We can make sure there are no glass screens on our elevated MRT stations!
We, in Young Pay-And-Pay, brainstormed very hard to come up with brilliant ways to encourage such things. All in a day's work!
By the way, do you know why when one figure goes down, the other goes up?
Well, up till now, we in Pay-And-Pay are still kind enough to endure the presence of one group of unproductive citizens at any one time.
Either the olds die, or the youngs die.
If the olds die, we can let off the youngs.
If the youngs die, we can let off the olds.
But no matter what, at any one time, one group should die!
But, that's a thing of the past. Now that our "Foreign Import" program are working fine, we are not prepare to endure any unproductive old folks or academic failures any more!
Bet your last dollar that in the next 5 to 10 years, there will be a rise in both set of suicide figures!
We in Young Pay-And-Pay will make sure that happens.