Older Singaporeans (who are well informed) can earn 20¢ NTUC vouchers, for every 4 cans or bottles salvaged, so there is a long queue at Tampines Hub NTUC due to the volume of recyclables that the elderly have brought in at 10 locations across Singapore (50 by March 2020 https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/reverse-vending-machines-to-spur-recycling)
Bags of recyclables pile up whenever the machine is full (red hand sign on machine screen) :
The machine can accept 600 recyclables after the bin is emptied, however, the demand for vouchers is so high that the technician needs to come every 1 hour on weekends. Users are advised to WhatsApp /call the company but obviously that is absurd by virtue of the massive demand for vouchers as the queue of elderlies shows. The breakdown sign probably shows just how often the machine is overused, that it is placed permanently to dissuade users from bringing so many recyclables to exchange (or maybe NTUC has run out of sponsorship funds) :
The elderly are indeed trying quite hard to make ends meet, hopefully they make the collection bin bigger to make down times shorter so that the elderly do not have so long to wait:
Actually the a/m are the lucky, more well informed ones who can probably bring home $10/day if one brings 200 recyclables in a big bag. Those not so informed have to collect cardboard the entire night for just $3.10 in payment from karang guni middle men for their piles of cardboard collected overnight :
Jobs for the young include the highly dangerous job of cycling along Nicol Highway to deliver exotic food from suburbs to town quickly, as ordered by demanding foreigners many miles away (who wish to be served in bed)(whilst LTA takes its own sweet time to build bicycle lanes for the safety of bicycle riders across Singapore) :
The fact remains that what is expensive may not be very good, and what is good may not be very expensive.
Until the citizens of Singapore realise that fact:
And dignity should not be measured in dollars and cents:
"If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communication and Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discuss policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister's ideas and proposals. Hence, a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity."
- MP Lim Wee Kiak apologises for comments on pay
Or should it?
Are Singaporeans even intelligent or morally competent to decide? (almost all of them lose all of their bet money, all of the time; and more than half the population routinely loses the most money (international comparison, per capita basis) making the wrong bets) :