Hawker gives more food to soldiers

GENEROUS: For the past six years, 55-year-old hawker Tan Bee Seng has been giving additional portions of food to soldiers from a nearby army camp. Mr Tan's kind act went viral online after a soldier wrote about his experience with the hawker on Facebook.


    Jun 04, 2013

    Hawker gives more food to soldiers

    FOR the past six years, national servicemen who patronised a hawker stall selling chicken rice and noodles may have noticed a little extra on their plate.

    This is because the man behind the Bedok Food Centre stall, Mr Tan Bee Seng, 55, has been giving additional portions of rice, chicken and eggs as treats to soldiers.

    Speaking to My Paper yesterday, Mr Tan, who runs Long Wu Bang, said he does so to thank soldiers for protecting the country.

    He said in Mandarin: "I went through the army myself, and their pay is not much. So, I give them more food to eat. To me, it's not much of a loss to my profits."

    Mr Tan, who has worked as a hawker for 20 years, makes about $3,000 to $4,000 a month. He said that the additional food he gives soldiers takes up only about 2 per cent of his monthly income.

    He sells food to about 200 soldiers from the nearby Bedok Camp each week.

    "I am appreciative when they thank me," said Mr Tan. He has a 24-year-old son who has completed his national service and a 20-year-old son who will enlist in August.

    Mr Tan's act of kindness went viral online after a full-time national serviceman made a post on Facebook in April about his encounter with the hawker.

    On Sunday, a post on the Singapore army's Facebook page thanked Mr Tan for his efforts. The post has garnered more than 1,000 likes.