As a young boy, Hansel Loo once wrinkled his nose as he walked by a neighbourhood rubbish point, complaining about the smell. His father, then the chief of his own cleaning company, promptly told the boy off, saying in Mandarin: “Without this rubbish, you wouldn’t even be here!”

Memories of his father’s strict parenting style have stayed with Loo, who followed in his father’s footsteps and is today the founder and vice-president of Maint-Kleen, his own cleaning solutions company.

“My dad set up his company himself. I wanted to do the same, to be like my father. He’s very strict, but maybe that made me more independent,” says Loo in an interview with The Edge Singapore.

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