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Bleeding badly, F&B operators appeal to PM Lee for urgent help

They are seeking immediate targeted measures to help the industry that has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

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The reality is that "we are all in survival mode. Takeaway will, at best, make up 10 to 20 per cent of normal revenue. It's not so much about making up lost sales anymore but just to mitigate the effects and, with whatever support and concessions we get -- basically we need free rent - to plough whatever money we can back to our employees." - Loh Lik Peng of the Unlisted Collection group whose restaurants include Zen, Cloudstreet, Nouri and Burnt Ends

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"Takeaway can never make up for the loss of revenue from dine-in sales, especially for the upper-mid restaurants. We live from month to month, trying to survive. But our staff have been very understanding and supportive of our need for cuts to help save jobs." - Desmond Lim, chairman of the Les Amis group

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Singapore

AN informal grouping of over 500 restaurants has sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the Solidarity Budget in Parliament on Monday.

The letter appeals for immediate targeted measures to stem the bleeding in an industry that has been among the...

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