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Bangladeshi cleaner Mohammed Hanif, who has been working in Singapore for more than 10 years, recently took to Facebook to express his gratitude to Nee-Soon Town Council and residents, particularly member of parliament (MP) Mr Louis Ng, who would bring the workers out for meals and bestow words of encouragement.
In a post on his Facebook page, Hanif recounted how he had left Bangladesh in 2006 to work in Singapore, as well as the unforgettable experiences he had working here.
The cleaner, who won the Best Conservancy Cleaning Operator Award in both 2011 and 2012, along with S$300 cash rewards, said a stable job in Singapore has provided his family back home with a better life, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.
He wrote on Facebook:
“I came here to Singapore from my home country Bangladesh, in October of 2006, with the aim of securing a job to send back home some money and to improve the quality of life for my family back in Bangladesh.
“I’m very fortunate to be working for Nee Soon Town Council as a cleaner for the estate.
“After a few years working there, I have build up good relations with the residence here.
“They appreciate the work that I do, in helping to keep the place clean and green, and I’m very grateful for the appreciation they showed me.
“The smiles they give me when i walk past the residences and the small talks we have like 'thank you' and all of that really touched me and make me proud to serve the estate as their cleaner.”
In his spare time, Hanif also volunteers at mosques in Yishun, citing:
“Aside from working, I volunteer at the Yishun Mosque and was also given an award for being an exemplary volunteer in 2016.
“I really feel good for all the appreciation shown to me for my work and i hope to do more within my capacity as a human being and a cleaner for the estate. “
Before ending his post, Hanif specially thanked MP Mr Lousis Ng, who he said, motivated him and other workers to do their jobs well.
‘The good management of welfare of the workers shown from MP Louis also motivates us to serve with pride.
“Like bringing us out to dinners and such, I really appreciate such gestures shown by him.”
When reporters spoke to Mr Louis Ng later, he shared that he would bring the cleaners out once every three months around Singapore to let them have a deeper understanding of the country.
During the last Chinese New Year, he also invited the cleaners for a dinner as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work.