The Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say has come out to confirm that hiring foreign workers, who were allegedly paid $5 an hour to queue overnight for Bak Kwa (a roasted meat delicacy consumed over Chinese New Year), is illegal.
According to Chinese reporters, foreign workers were spotted queuing for the delicacy at a famous Bak Kwa shop in Chinatown. When interviewed, one of the workers admitted to queuing since 8AM in the morning for the food. He said that his boss had given him permission and some “coffee money” to queue up.
Not everyone was against foreign workers joining the queue, however.
According to a Singaporean factory owner, who had been in the queue for over 5 hours, foreign workers usually do not have projects to work on over the New Year, and paying them a small sum of money to queue would help them spend some time and earn pocket money.