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What would you do if you saw this scene? 

Elderly woman sweeps the HDB flat corridor while two younger women watch over her.

When she finishes sweeping, one of the women  – said to be the old woman's daughter  – slaps the left side of her face.

The old woman, visibly shaken, reaches out to steady herself. The younger woman then slaps the other side of her face.

Facebook user Apohtecky Numero posted a video of the alleged elder abuse, which has been viewed over half a million times by noon today (July 21). ​

After being informed about the video by his colleagues, Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin urged the public to look out for instances of violence, saying such action was not justifiable.



Just got back from MPS. My colleagues contacted me about this video which I believe many of you have seen. Whatever the...

Posted by Tan Chuan-Jin on Monday, July 20, 2015


"Hitting an old lady like this?! We will follow up and make sure that the elderly lady is protected. "There are vulnerable individuals out there...spousal abuse, child abuse, parental abuse and so on. While there can be altercations within families, there are some lines that should not be crossed."

He added that the Vulnerable Adults Act will be introduced at the end of this year.

"It will not solve all problems but it will be an important step forward to protect more of our citizens," Mr Tan added.

Earlier this year, then-MSF Minister Chan Chun Sing had said in Parliament that the government has to come in as "a last resort" to better support the families and the community when it comes to caring for vulnerable adults.

The Act will also cover adults who are incapable of protecting themselves from harm arising from abuse, neglect, or self-neglect.

While Mr Tan feels the cases of violence and abuse from loved ones he comes across in MSF are not chronic, "it is always one case too many and for those affected, it is a terrible thing to happen". 



Before anything, I would like to apologise if this video or my post may hurt or offend anyone. This video is definitely not something that any child or human being would want to see. Have you ever wonder how an abused woman is living in her own house? We have been seeing the changes in the old lady. From an old cheerful lady to a botak and fragile old lady whose face is bruised everytime single time we saw her. As much as we would want to render help, we are in no position to. (domestic affair) We have been witnessing alot of incident but just this one time, we decided to discreetly video-ed them. They were pretending to be talking nicely when my mum was along the corridor hanging the laundry. But the moment my mum stepped into our house............this is just one of the things that happened. This is not the first time. Watch it. Such inhuman. The one who is slapping her is...................her own daughter. How could you. She's your own mum. She carried you in her womb. How could you gang up with others against your own mum? I know many others would comment on why are we not doing anything. However we are sharing this video with hope that many others would help us stop all this together. I hope all of you can share this video. #savethemakcik Blk 48 lower delta road 03-05

Posted by ApohTecky Numero on Monday, July 20, 2015

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