Man intends to report to NEA for invisible cockroaches in hawker stall & the Internet goes crazy


Imagine it’s 1990, and you’re helping out in your parents’ hawker stall. A young girl who has bought food from other stalls came forward to your stall and took a spoon from your stall. Your mother told the girl to return the spoon to your stall, and the girl cried. The father then allegedly said this: “It’s alright, I will cause trouble for this stall and tell NEA there were cockroaches in the stall.” No doubt this caused a heated argument.

What would you do? There was no Internet, so most likely, whatever happened in one hour would be forgotten in the next hour. After all, when there’re no cockroaches in a stall, reporting that there are is simply defamation, and the law is there to protect the victims.

But this apparently happened two days ago, and you can guess where it went.

So, the man in the featured image is apparently the guy who had threatened to report to NEA for invisible cockroaches, and the child had shared the image in her Facebook profile, with this lengthy post.

Dear family, friends and teachers. How many of you feel that our society is getting colder and colder? I used to think that it wasn’t until today. Today when I was helping my parents to tend their business around 1930 hrs, this guy’s daughter took my parent’s stall utensils without seeking for permission and of course without purchases any food from us. Naturally my mother told the girl to return the utensils after returning, the girl cried and guess what did the guy said to her? “It’s alright, I will cause trouble for this stall and tell NEA there were cockroaches in the stall” I can’t believe this! A father of 2 children actually taught his daughter that this is the right thing to do. Of course my father wasn’t happy and he yelled at him as to us we did not even have roaches in our stall. He then took a picture of my parent’s stall then said he will definitely report us. My father instructed me to do the same thing and thus the pictures. Another thing was that, he said it was fine if we report him as he isn’t doing business like us. To me so what if he actually had more education compared to my parents? Does he thinks that my parent’s can’t understand english? and lastly just because my parents are fighting under the heat to support a family whereas he is working in a air-condition environment? Is he looking down on hawker workers? I would wish to express my thoughts to this “xia suay” man.

My answer: I know you are more educated but who are you to insult people who work in hawker center? They earn money decently. I am speaking up on behalf of all hawker workers and not only my parents. Just because you might earn more money then them just because you are more educated, you still have no rights to insult them. Where have your education gone to? You think you are the only one who can speak english is it? and if you think that you are rich why get your food at hawker center? Why don’t you want to dine in in some restaurant? You know what? Because people like you, this society is getting way colder and I am really ashamed for you because of the way you teach your child. I am really disgusted.

My dear family, teachers and friends do share about this as I really hate it when people look down on hawker workers and people who is as “xia suay” as him.

The image has been shared over 13,000 times—well beyond viral in a small country like Singapore.


A case of bad parenting, or a case of a one-sided story? I guess you should know why the guy’s image should be pixilated, and why we didn’t want to post the Facebook user’s name. Let’s wait for the other side of the story before we judge.


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