'This job beats begging'

Former auxiliary policeman Aderoh Bakar has been selling second-hand items at Sungei Road flea market for about 20 years.
Former auxiliary policeman Aderoh Bakar has been selling second-hand items at Sungei Road flea market for about 20 years.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

MR ADEROH BAKAR, 70

HE SELLS:

Antiques, used electronics, watches

A former lance corporal in the auxiliary police, Mr Aderoh received a National Day Award for long service in 1998.

He retired in 2002 and started to hawk second-hand goods when he could not find another job.

He has two adult daughters, both condominium janitors.

They used to help him out at the flea market.

His wife is also retired.

Said Mr Aderoh: "We are poor but we don't want to ask for charity because we are able-bodied. This is a respectable job and it beats begging."

The daily routine of setting up his stall and haggling with customers also helps him keep his mind and body active, he said.

Mr Aderoh said he has no plans for the future after July 10.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 19, 2017, with the headline ''This job beats begging''. Print Edition | Subscribe