When Kalaivaanan first joined the cleaning industry as a cleaner, his mother was not too pleased, dismissing her son’s job and labelling him as a literal “Sai Kang Warrior”.

Like most Singaporeans, Kalaivaanan’s mother believed that being a cleaner was a shameful, unskilled occupation with no future.

However, by constantly seeking to improve himself by attending courses and gaining certifications, he was able to attain his current position of Cleaning Manager.
More importantly, he has also changed his mother’s perspective on the cleaning industry.

This is his story.
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