After Minister for Communications and Information & Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo announced that 99 per cent of government transactions can now be done digitally, netizens found some problems with the digital shift.
While some raised concerns over the elderly and their general lack of technology know-how, a few mentioned those who cannot afford to pay for data connection. One or two even said that they wished that voting politicians out could also be done digitally as well.
In recent news, Ms Teo announced that as of today, the majority of transactions between citizens and the government can be done more efficiently as they can be completed digitally. However, in response to this news, some netizens raised concerns over whether the elderly would be able to cope well with this digital shift.
“But spare a thought for the older folks. Not that they won’t learn. Can’t remember steps, can’t remember passwords, can’t understand what is required. Don’t leave us behind,” wrote one netizen.
“The government should make things easier for people who cannot use digital tools to engage with the government,” said another, “Issue cheques, and GST vouchers to everyone regardless of income differences.”
Another raised a concern about those in society who cannot afford certain costs, saying, “Then consider sponsoring the low-income households, the disabled and seniors… smartphones and mobile data–not all people can afford. (them).”
Still, another made a political comment, saying “I wish I (could) vote her out online too,” to which another responded, “Correction: I wish I could vote the PAP out online too.”
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