Remember The ‘Ownself Check Ownself’ Cleaner? The Town Council Has Spoken

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This image has gone viral in the last few days.

If you don’t get it (where have you been?), it’s an image of a cleaning supervisor and cleaner…and both of them are the same person.

What’s even more interesting is the headline: “Cleaning Team for Your Block”—team, yeah. Team.

The Town Council has since spoken up about this incident, which we all can confirm that it isn’t a Photoshopped image.

In fact, the Town Council has openly praise the “ownself supervise ownself” cleaner, referring him as an unsung hero.

If you can’t read what is written, here’s the statement in full:

You have probably seen photos of Moktar, one of our conservancy supervisors, circulating on Facebook over the last few days. Given the interest, we thought this is a chance for us to introduce him better:

Moktar has been working with us for the past 5 years and is the supervisor for Blk 120 to 134 Geylang East Central / Avenue 1. Therefore, Moktar is not only a supervisor, but he is also the cleaner to that particular block. He reports to his site manager, who oversees the progress of his work, on a daily basis.

Moktar is aware of his overnight online sensation. When asked about how he feels working in the estate, he said that he is pleased to serve our residents and will continue doing his best to upkeep our estate. Truly our unsung hero.

A resident of Geylang East Central, Mrs Veronica Wong, said this of Moktar, “Moktar is a polite and hardworking man. Together with his team, he always ensures that the estate is kept clean.”

So, if you see Moktar around, do say Hi! Also, stay tuned for more features of our unsung heroes here on our Page!

While there isn’t much information pertaining to why there’s a team in which the supervisor and the cleaner are the same person, they did convey a very important message: these cleaners are unsung heroes who ensure that we’ve a clean place to stay in.

I don’t know about you, but once, I saw a cleaner who refused to take the lift when he obviously needed to take it. And the reason for his reluctance? There was another person in the lift.


And I, as a typical Singaporean, decided to just write about this here instead of going up to talk to him (or as another typical type of Singaporean, talk to him, post his image online and humble-brag about how righteous I am).

In most of the comments, people thank him for his service.

Then again, there were some legit questions.

And it seems like the poster has been taken off.


Nevertheless, this sums up the whole viral story.

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