Chicken rice seller gives $2,500 a month to his parents

Chicken rice seller gives $2,500 a month to his parents

More than half of what he earns through serving plates of chicken rice goes to his parents.

Mr Michael Poh, an only child, gives his 67-year-old mother about $1,000 a month in allowance. His 70-year-old father receives $1,500 a month because he goes out more.

"I give the money to them in $50 bills, twice a month," explains the owner of a chicken rice stall at a Tampines food court.

The 33-year-old does not ask his parents what they use the money for, but reckons the amount is justified, given Singapore's high standard of living.

"I think they use the money to go out to eat, or buy their own things," he says casually.

"I'm just doing my part as a son. After all, they did their best for me while I grew up," he states matter-of-factly.

Both Mr Poh's parents are too old to work, which makes the hawker the family's sole breadwinner.

Utility and telephone bills, along with groceries, come up to another $500 to $600, which he also pays for.

His mother, who has lung cancer, has chosen not to undergo painful chemotherapy. Instead, she is turning to traditional Chinese herbs to buy time. He also pays for those, although he says the amount does not come up to much. His father is in good health, which he is thankful for.

Mr Poh, who is single, isn't left with much for his personal expenses. But he maintains that what is left over is sufficient to pay for basic personal expenses, such as drinks and cigarettes.

"I manage to save a few hundred dollars a month. It's difficult if I want to think about saving for a family or a car.

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