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Acute labour shortage hits diners hard

Published on Feb 23, 2013 9:23 AM
Shortage is so bad that Mr Ang Kiam Meng (centre), chief executive of the Jumbo group helps out on the restaurant floor, seen here clearing tables on Chinese New Year at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisines restaurant. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

A busy night at a restaurant can look like this: irate customers waving frantically for their orders to be taken, dirty plates waiting to be cleared and empty glasses in need of topping up.

This is becoming a common scene in restaurants here, as the labour shortage hits hard.

It comes at a cost to diners.

The rising costs of manpower, rental and raw ingredients are also translating to higher menu prices.

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