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Ayer Rajah Food Centre may have no cleaners for weeks

Published on Apr 26, 2014 9:42 AM

Patrons at the Ayer Rajah Food Centre in the West Coast may have to get used to messy and dirty tables for the next month.

Hawkers there told The Straits Times yesterday that they received a notice at the start of the week that they could no longer rely on cleaners to collect their crockery from the tables.

A 34-year-old Hainanese chicken rice seller who wanted to be known only as Tini said that the centre had been visited by Ministry of Manpower officers about two weeks ago following a tip-off, and several of the cleaning contractor's employees were found to be without work permits.

"After that I think the centre's management tried to get replacement cleaners, but all of them just lasted a day or two," she said.

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It's difficult because we have to be at our stalls but we also don't want customers to be angry that they have to clean up the tables themselves.

- Madam Ang, 58, a stallholder