Getai star Wang Lei's new restaurant offers 20 per cent off to Bukit Merah residents

Getai star Wang Lei is now also a restaurant owner. PHOTO: WANG LEI / FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Getai star-turned-livestreamer Wang Lei, who recently opened a Chinese restaurant, is offering residents of Bukit Merah a 20 per cent discount.

During a livestream at his Royal Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown with director Jack Neo to drum up publicity, Wang was asked if he would welcome those from Bukit Merah given that the area has had many Covid-19 cases.

Since the number of cases began rising in the area last month, businesses there, especially hawkers and market stall holders, had been badly hit.

In an interview with Shinmin Daily News on Sunday (July 4), Wang, 60, said: "When I heard the question, I was stunned. Just because there are many people infected in Bukit Merah, does that mean the residents are not welcome?"

Not only did he not ostracise them, he also decided on the spot to offer a 20 per cent discount if they showed their identity cards as proof of their address. The offer is valid until National Day on Aug 9.

Even though he has not held an official opening due to restrictions on gatherings, the fine-dining restaurant, which has 25 tables and eight private rooms, was full on Sunday, said Wang, who pivoted to selling seafood and other products on livestream during the pandemic.

He claimed that 20 per cent of his customers were from Bukit Merah and added: "I believe in the Singapore Government, so I'm not the least bit worried. As a Singaporean, we should not be prejudiced against those who live in Bukit Merah."

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