As Malaysia matures, we will likely see a larger older population. As this generation gets older, many of them look at their approaching retirement date as a dreadful day. Many who retire do not know what to do with themselves as they are suddenly pigeon-holed as a “retiree”.
Retirement is a dreadful word for a life transition. It tells you that you are no more a productive worker, or member of the society. We need to stop this label. The Government should not dictate when a person should retire unless they wish to retire or they retire because of health reasons.
An employer should have the choice to keep the person employed after a certain age. Does it make sense that a person’s creative power fades away after a certain age? Or suddenly switched off at a certain age? Do they suddenly turn into non-functioning, non-creative human beings overnight?
I suggest Malaysia takes the first step in abolishing “retirement” altogether.
Teach them social entrepreneurship!
These are just a few ideas. But with a bit more thought, tenacity, resolve and political will, these ideas can become a reality.
Let’s cherish every generation.
Just my two cents.
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