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Not everyone can afford to ‘exercise’ leisurely and tell others about it




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On Sunday (22 Jan), Grace Fu posted on her FB page telling everyone that she had a great run with her running kakis at Kallang.
But not all people are fortunate enough to be able to “exercise” leisurely and tell everyone about it.

Nafiz is the founder of the Happy People Helping People Foundation, a group of volunteers who regularly organise Extend the Feast, which provides cardboard collectors as well as other elderly poor with food and donated rations such as rice, Milo and biscuits.

“In Toa Payoh Lorong 8, the box collectors are earning just 10 cents per kilogram,” he said. “And that’s considered a good rate, because we know of a box collector who pushes her trolley of cardboard boxes from Whampoa all the way to Toa Payoh Lorong 8 just because in Whampoa, the karung guni man is only offering eight cents per kilogram. And how much does she earn per day? On some days, $4 to $5.”

“These people are resilient. They want to earn their own money, despite their age. But if given the choice, of course they want to spend their remaining days not having to work so hard doing such jobs. Unfortunately, many have no choice. Singapore is a very very expensive place for most of us, what more those of their age,” Nafiz added.

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But of course, to multi million dollar a year minister, Singapore would be a cheap place for them to live… not a problem at all.

Republished from the Facebook page ‘We want Minister Fu to resign‘.

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