NUS graduate scavenges through rubbish to support family

China Press reported that an engineer in Singapore who was retrenched in 2007 had to resort to scavenging to make a living and support six other family members.

The 53-year-old, known only as Koh, said he had worked with an established company for 14 years and earned about S$8,000 a month before he was laid off.

He also claimed that he had been a whistleblower on the wrongdoing of the company before he was retrenched.

Now, he would go to work at dumpsites as early as 5am to scout for reusable items.

The daily reported that the refrigerator, kettle and fans at Koh's home were salvaged goods. Koh said he was a graduate of the National University of Singapore.