At the People Association’s grassroots event at Bedok Community Club yesterday (Jan 30), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say called for elderly aged 50 and above to take up more “life-ready” classes at community clubs. These “life-ready” classes will teach the elderly technologies like learning how to use Facebook and Whatsapp.

Minister Lim Swee Say told elderly to make use of the S$500 lesson credit so “they would not be excluded from the Smart Nation initiative”.

As the Minister is not fluent in English, he spoke in a mixture of Chinese and English telling the elderly to spread the good news of the S$500 SkillsFuture Credit and encourage their friends to sign up for classes.

“We have to help the elderly appreciate the usefulness and relevance of SkillsFuture. It cannot be too abstract for them.”

The Manpower Minister has however avoided discussing the call for a Minimum Wage to help elderly workers who are mostly low income workers.