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Korean hawker Suh Chin Won, 52, ran a popular Korean food stall in Marsiling where he was well-loved for his homely dishes like bibimbap and kimchi fried rice. In May this year, he was forced to close his two-unit stall due to a dire lack of manpower.

Chin Won had occasional help from his family, like his daughter Chela Suh, 23. Due to a language barrier - he doesn’t speak English and Chinese fluently - he had trouble hiring stall assistants. “He was afraid it would affect the image of the business, so he would rather take on the burden of everything himself,” Chela told 8days.sg.

She adds there were “many reasons” why her dad chose to move out of his large Marsiling stall, but it was “primarily because we want to develop a system where my dad can work alone”.

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