Market OverviewTop News

Singapore’s ‘hooligan cook’ offers free meals for needy during virus lockdown

2 Mins read
imageWorld7 hours ago (Apr 28, 2020 10:56PM ET)


(C) Reuters. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore


By Joseph Campbell

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – As food stalls around him have closed during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore, 28-year-old cook Jason Chua has vowed to stay open for the many that now depend on him.

The tattoo-covered, former boxer has been serving up dozens of free meals for those in need since early April, when the city-state imposed a lockdown aimed at curbing virus cases now among the highest in Asia.

Known as “Beng Who Cooks”, beng being Singaporean slang for hooligan, Chua said that the pandemic has not been great for business although he is getting by.

“Yes, we are losing, we are not exactly taking salary for a few months already, but we still do maybe 10 to 25 orders per day for our business side, so that we can still sustain ourselves throughout this period of time,” said Chua.

He was inspired to start giving out free meals after a close friend described his experience of buying food for a homeless man. Now (NYSE:DNOW) he’s making about 50-60 free meals a day through a foundation, “Beng Who Cares,” co-run by his friend Sean Hung.

Singapore is facing the deepest recession in its 55-year history, compounded by a lockdown due to last until June 1 that has forced many businesses to close.

Authorities have also warned that unemployment will likely rise due to these strict containment measures and an uncertain economic outlook.

Those requesting free meals, mainly low income families, contact the foundation online via their Instagram or Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) pages to arrange home delivery or collect in person.

Chua said the foundation refuses to accept donations since they believe it “isn’t right” for people to give during current times of economic hardship, but there have been a few “forceful” donors of cash, oil and rice.

Although it’s hard work, Chua, a self-described adrenaline junkie, said his biggest motivation is to hear praise from anyone who enjoys his food.

“Surprisingly, the feedback is amazing…It motivates you. I crave a lot of praises, and those praises are what is pushing me and motivating me to do what I really love,” he said.

Singapore’s ‘hooligan cook’ offers free meals for needy during virus lockdown

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Related posts
EconomyInvestor StrategyTop News

Analysts' expectations on policy rates (Oct. 1)

1 Mins read
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is widely expected to leave benchmark interest rates untouched on Thursday, as it reserves its measures…
EconomyInvestor StrategyTop News

BSP to hold rates at record low -- poll

3 Mins read
PHILIPPINE STAR/MICHAEL VARCAS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is widely expected to leave benchmark interest…
EconomyInvestor StrategyTop News

Proposed listing rules may need more investor safeguards

3 Mins read
The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. has proposed amendments to the listing rules on its main board and small, medium and emerging board….
Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us and our affiliates. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *