In an career fair held at the Singapore Expo today, the Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health Dr Amy Khor has called for elderly Singaporeans to embark on a new career at 50 years old because “it is common to see seniors living past 80 years old”:

“it is common to see seniors living past 80 years old. She said that at 50 years old, it can be the start of a period of “second growth” where seniors learn and experience new things, and pursue new careers.”

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The government-controlled mainstream media, Channel News Asia, even featured a senior participant of the “active ageing” career expo today. A certain “Pearl Tang” said she signed up for a Chinese painting class last month and “never looked back”.

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Do you think Singaporean elderly working as cleaners and tissue paper peddlers should start their “second growth” as Minister Amy Khor suggested?