Singaporeans sure love to complain. And sometimes, we complain about things that are contradictory and may not make sense. For example, some Singaporeans like to complain about cleaners not being paid enough but in the same breath, complain when their favourite char kway tiao stall increased prices by 50 cents.
Money has to come from somewhere
It is great that more recognition and appreciation are given to our lower-wage workers now, such as cleaners, security guards and technicians. But, we must not forget that it’s not enough just to pay lip service to their contributions. If we truly wish to see their wages increase in the long run, we also have to pay a part (pun intended) by forking out a bit more to sustain these wage increases.
It’s as simple as this – the money has to come from somewhere. If bosses have to pay these workers more, it means that they may have to charge a bit more to provide these services. This means Singaporeans shouldn’t grumble the next time there are reasonable price increases in their food (for hawkers to pay the cleaners), condo maintenance fees for security guards and HDB conservancy fees for cleaners and lift technicians.
It takes a mindset change in the community
If we value the work that our lower-wage workers do and agree that they should be paid more, we should be prepared to fork out a little more. In addition, we should also change the way we treat our lower-wage workers. They are also human beings with a family to feed and deserve our respect and kindness.
Don’t always kpkb lah, spare a thought for others too!