UNCLE TEOH TAKES out his knife and cuts off the bottom end of the radish that has gone bad. He tears off the lettuce leaves that have browned and puts them all in a sack. He then goes through the basket of discarded produce to see what other vegetables can be salvaged.
It is 4am, and the Pulau Mutiara market – the biggest wholesale market, located along Gat Lebuh Macallum – is bustling with traders tapping away at the calculators after making a sale, as foreign workers push carts down the road yelling for people to get out of the way.
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