"I THINK the subject of hanky-panky
among senior citizens has been overblown," says Mr Yeo Cheow
Tong, Minister for Community Development and Health, referring to
the recent controversy started when Mr Peh Chin Hua, an MP for Jalan
Besar GRC, warned last month against extramarital affairs among
Says Mr Yeo: "Basically, the elderly are responsible people
- they've been through life enough to know the danger of such an
"Most of them, when they get together, they're looking for
companionship among friends.
"Hence, senior citizens clubs are useful because they allow
them to get together to t alk or play chess. They don't come down
for other extraneous factor. Oh yes, in every group there are bound
to be some black sheep.
"We should not overplay this problem because it makes the elderly
very sensitive about how people read their intentions.
"It makes them act unnaturally. There is also the danger that
they won't come forward and join in the activities.
"So, while there's a need to highlight it, I don't think the
press should overplay the issue."