NTUC, please feed the hungry stomachs and not the dustbin to fix prices.
To prevent massive social unrest, Government of Singapore needs to penalise supermarkets from wasting edible foods in excess of strict quota limits.
All food that remains after expiry date will need to be accounted for and a fine is imposed if a quantum amount by both weight or cash value remains based on supermarket turn over.
Supermarkets will have to give away all expiring foods FOC half hour before store closure or 12MN on day of expiry, whichever earlier. Those who decide otherwise will have to engage a licensed food charity to do the likewise, however, such charity benificiaries must also receive the edible foods not more than 1 hour after the expiry dateline.
I have watched Facebook videos about Singapore now being a ghost town, even before the Thursday 26 March 2020 dateline for all entertainment outlets to be closed (all tourist were barred from entry since Tuesday). Long queues of taxis were seen queueing for passengers where obviously there were none. NTUC wouldn't even allow promoters to promote foodstuffs for fear of virus spread through human communication. All group tuition classes will be banned and no groups of 10 or more people are permitted. Extra curricular activities for school students have been banned since Monday, 3 days ago and since yesterday, SIA announced that 138 of 147 planes will not fly (96% shutdown of passenger service).
Many people face joblessness or no pay leave in this circumstance and may feel very agitated at seeing NTUC throwing away edible food. Most will feel annoyed and insulted at NTUC paltry 15% discount to clear expiring stocks. Many will feel disparaged and insulted by NTUC who would equate human dignity with a 15% discount, making the difference between a human stomach and the rubbish trash can just a marginal difference of 15%. Yes, to NTUC, the difference between a poor/ hungry person and the dustbin is just 15%.
If social agitation occurs, people will Rob NTUC stores upon suspicion that the management is irresponsible and inhuman with regards to food distribution, prefering to extract every dollar from consumers and maybe even guilty of the immoral and criminal conduct of heading an anticompetitive carbal or cartel to rip of consumers in Singapore.
NTUC must stop this very decadent and evil practice of holding the people's hunger ransom to food routinely scheduled to be thrown into the rubbish bin, save a token 15% to remind the poor what their being is worth to large supermarket chains like NTUC.
As Singaporeans hunker down together to share what they have in the spirit of #SGunited, NTUC should break up its partnership with the dust bins and its obsession for price fixing and excessive profits and respect the origin and purpose of edible food instead.
The stomach is growling.
NTUC, please feed the hungry stomachs and not the dustbin.
Photos showing significant quantities of imported high quality salmon placed on last minute 'quick sales' at NTUC which don't / never happen, in part because the under 15% discount is totally derisory and lackluster:
Same photo with proof that it was taken at 10.35pm, 85 minutes before 12MN when it has to be discarded because expired food cannot be sold nor displayed on supermarket shelves:
Reduced priced fruits should also be more cheaply priced so that they are quickly sold (being already damaged), rather than overpriced to squeeze as much money from poor people as possible with the outcome being that most end up rotten in the bag, (just to remind the poor that they will likewise quickly perish and decompose in overpriced and mercinery Singapore):
For the avoidance of doubt, I am not advocating NTUC giving out everything for free, just the excesses caused by inaccurate / excessive stocking caused by excesses (greed) on the purchasing end. By reducing the price of edible food over its life span and especially on day of expiry, NTUC may actually out compete other supermarket chains with higher footfall through greater good will and the trust of customers that NTUC is a good steward of God's provision of food and thus judiciously reducing wastage in its supply chain system. Other gimmicky special offer items and costly newspaper advertising avoided if people trust NTUC to be a noble supermarket which offers good discounts to ensure that no food is wasted due to expiry date issues and prices are always fair according to degree of freshness and the need for same day consumption.
Singaporeans on their part shouldn't be greedy/choosy and accept what is in season or in stocked in excess for a cheaper and fair price.
As Singaporeans realise that NTUC is not just another con job but a conscientious and model supermarket, Singaporeans too will be kinder and perhaps utilise the access to cheap or free same day expiry food to organise soup kitchens so those suffering joblessness due to COVID-19 or whatever economic problems can have enough nutrition at least to get by (an hospitals will be less crowded from persons with malnutrition related illnesses too).
Singaporeans need to unite to lift the social and border shut down orders which are the consequence of the hospital and ICU being too full to accept further COVID-19 cases.
And the role of NTUC is just as critical in this regard.