I WOULD like to refer to the letter ‘Costly to increase pension for 26,000’, which was published in the Borneo Bulletin’s Opinion page on October 28, 2017.
In my opinion, the writer ‘Math’ does not know what life is like for a pensioner with BND250 spending money monthly (or approximatelly BND8.30 per day) who has a few children and grandchildren who are unemployed.
Out of more than 260 countries worldwide, Brunei Darussalam is ranked among the top 10 richest countries in the world with a per capita income of US$75,000.
We are not a third world country with no precious natural resources. Aside from being one of the richest countries, our population is also considerably small.
We don’t need to be a rocket scientist to clearly see that a bit more wealth could be given to old-age pensioners.
So an increase of $6.5 million could be considered peanuts and would not make a dent to our country’s coffers.
I would like to point out that an increase in monthly allowance for old-age pensioners could go a long way for those who have no other source of income.
It would greatly ease their burden.
Let them enjoy their twilight years.
– Daif Pensioner