A Malaysian man has shared the reason why he works in Singapore as a garbage disposal staff: Because he can earn around RM6,000 (S$1,870) to RM9,600 (S$2,980), once his salary is converted from Singapore dollars to ringgit.
The man, who goes by the handle @ezzaiky7 on TikTok, shared his experiences and his rationale for doing such a job, which many shun naturally.
He said that while life in Singapore is not as good as he had imagine, he is grateful for having a stable job and feels that he should complain less.
The man also said he stays in Johor Bahru with his family and travels between Singapore and Malaysia every day.
In response to a comment that claimed that the average pay in Malaysia is higher than in Singapore, the man replied in another video that people with high salaries in Malaysia are those with high education qualifications.
He then added that he was “not educated”.
“But if you know of any places that still offer high salaries, please let me know. I also want to live in my own country with a salary of 8,000, 7,000, 9,000 ringgit. I want to know what that feels like,” he said.
In emphasising that he had made his choice with his job in Singapore, he elaborated:
“I know sustenance is available anywhere, both in Malaysia and in Singapore but looks like my fate is here (in Singapore). So I just accept it lah. Correct? But working here means that I must be tough. I have to face the traffic jams and all, no choice. But I can’t complain because I’m blessed with a job, so I accept.”