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Clarifications on photo of elderly cleaner at Telok Blangah hawker centre

Type: Fact Check

Topic(s): Financial Assistance & Social Support

UPDATE Our SSO colleagues and local grassroots volunteers have reached out to the elderly lady to find out if she needed assistance.

We understand the elderly lady is supported by her children, and has declined to apply for financial assistance. She says that she plans to stop working soon, as her family wants her to stop and will support her in retirement.

Nonetheless, we will continue to look out for her to see if she requires any additional support.

Hi everyone, you might have come across a photo of an elderly woman at Telok Blangah Hawker Centre. This is an old photo that was first circulated on 29 November 2017.

Nevertheless, MSF is looking into this to see if the elderly woman is in need of support.

Building an inclusive and a caring society is a collective effort. If you come across individuals or families who require support, please reach out to us at our ComCare hotline at 1800-222-0000 or approach the nearest SSO ( or Family Service Centre ( MSF has set up 24 Social Service Offices since July 2013 to make help more accessible to those who require it. Besides financial assistance, the SSOs also look at other needs a person may have and coordinate with relevant agencies and community partners to provide support. We will continue to work with government and community agencies to ensure that those who are in need will get the help they require.​​​