THE suggestion by K.T. of Mentakab to give retirees tax exemptions ("Give them exemption from taxes" — NST, Aug 13), and your report "More than a third of retirees need to work again," (NST, Aug 9) reflect the sorry state our retirees are in.
This has resulted in many able-bodied and healthy Malaysians being thrown into a life of idling and doing practically nothing useful but watching television, reading papers, tending to their grandchildren or gardens or just whiling away time among themselves.
Those who retire with a pension are not too badly off as they can at least take care of their own needs. But those retirees without pensions suffer badly.
Without much funds at their disposal and bored with no purposeful activity, many of these retirees quickly succumb to illness. Some become very sensitive and burdensome to their family and society.
Our prime minister and other leaders have often emphasised the need to improve human capital, the most valuable asset in our effort to achieve Vision 2020.
This asset is already available at our disposal. All that is needed is to utilise the retirees. The retirees certainly have the benefit of experience, knowledge and, more importantly, ample time and the sincerity and willingness to contribute to society.