Chicken rice treat for 300 foreign workers

Staff from sister companies Stamford Catering and Select Catering, including (from right) Ms Ong Meng Koon and Ms Wong Shuk Leng, with food packs for foreign workers (from left) Sasikumar, A. Muthuraja, K. Senthamari and K. Senthamil Kannan in Little
Staff from sister companies Stamford Catering and Select Catering, including (from right) Ms Ong Meng Koon and Ms Wong Shuk Leng, with food packs for foreign workers (from left) Sasikumar, A. Muthuraja, K. Senthamari and K. Senthamil Kannan in Little India yesterday. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Three hundred foreign workers on their day off got an extra treat in Little India yesterday - a ready-to-eat packet of chicken rice.

Fifteen staff from l ocal caterer Select Group gave out the meals in Klang Lane as part of the company's efforts to pay tribute to foreign workers.

The campaign started last month, when Select handed out some 500 packets of chicken rice to workers at the Kranji Lodge 1 dormitory.

The company aims to give out another 1,200 food packets to foreign workers at the same dormitory over the next two weeks.

Select's marketing director, Mr Eugene Lim, said foreign workers "are a group of unsung heroes that are seldom recognised for their effort and dedication".

The caterer also took a group of students to meet the workers.

Mr Lim said: "We wanted to provide an opportunity for the children to speak with some workers and understand more about their situation - and to also develop empathy for a hard-working group of people who are often misunderstood."

Ms Jean Loh, a designer with the company, volunteered to give out the food yesterday.

The 39-year-old said: "We wanted to share the gift of good food with them, and let them have a taste of authentic Singapore."


Jermyn Chow

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2015, with the headline 'Chicken rice treat for 300 foreign workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe