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S’poreans worried cleaners will lose job, refuse to clear their own tray

Posted on 26 May 2013

Ensuring livelihoods part of nation-building efforts, they insist.

By Bo Liao


Singapore will soon see more tray-return systems implemented in major eating places all over the island, according to the National Environment Agency.

However, there are concerns such an initiative will create undesirable results.

Zho Ho Lang, said she is not going to return any trays: “If I clear my own tray, I will deprive jobs to cleaners. If not, what would old people do? Retire?”

“And as a Singaporean, I believe providing employment is part of nation-building efforts. That’s what PAP does.”

Another regular foodcourt patron, Su Kah Chiak, said he is worried that if he clears his own trays, he will be helping politicians do their job and make decisions on their behalf.

“Our ministers already don’t know what to do with old people. So if we clear our own trays, we are only helping them to push more old people into the karang guni sector.”

But not all are against it.

One supporter of the tray-return scheme said: “The mass unemployment of old people will become an election issue.”

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  • Compassionate NonTray Returner

    I will not clear my own trays. At least, for the sake of old people.

  • Charles

    I for one would not clear my own tray for one simple reason, to help those folks to be gainfully employed…knowing too well too well what’s going behind those mind of those operator who are the real crooks maximizing their profit when time those folks would be asked to go…you die you business!

  • LCY

    It is the truth. Once forced to clear the plates, the cleaners will be retrenched, because they would rather take the $800 and put it into their millions in profit, then to feed families who are already just surviving.

    The name “Compassionate NonTray Returner” is most apt, because like it or not, it is the truth. The folks will be depraved of their only means of survival.

  • Guest

    just clear the tray lor. can always leave the cutlery on the table -.-