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Working to live

Another Muhammad

Mohammed refers to Oxford Professor John Pitcher, who went to an employment tribunal as he did not intend to retire at the age of 67, ‘Time to relax’, (GDN, August 29).

He says he knows people in Bahrain “who refuse to retire” and wonders what is wrong with such people. He asks why these people don’t want to spend pleasant time with their families, play golf and relax in their old age.

I wish to relax.

In Seef Mall, at the food court on the first floor, retired people gather daily for hours to sit, gossip and enjoy.

When I occasionally pass them I look at this happy lot and wish I could also enjoy with them, but I can’t. My visit to the mall is always related to my office work.

I am 73 and an acute diabetic.

On average I fall in the road once or twice a month due to my age and eyesight.

Despite having served here for 35 long years, due to a legal hitch I have no right to a government pension.

I must work to keep myself and my 60-plus wife alive and meet daily needs like rent, food, electricity and medical costs.

Just last week I paid BD60 for my wife’s CT scan, etc.

Despite my wish to retire, I must continue working as long as my legs can carry me.