28 Jul '15, 4pm

Following up on our young Fishball hawker's story and Minister Vivian Balakrishnan's response. I think what we...

Hawker centres, unlike food courts plays a very distinctly different role and responsibility to the public. This is the baseline eatery, it was created to feed the nation, regardless of race and class, conveniently and affordably so and generate entry level entrepreneurship. It is built by the government using public monies and should be powered by the hawkers and the people. Naturally, the government would need some long term returns so that more new ones can be built moving on (over a dozen been slated to be built in the next two decades). And of course, the private operators (which the NEA now looks to for managing these new hawker centres) should make some profit. But to determine and set minimum prices for certain items and not have a guideline of rental bids, makes the system very open to abuse. “They say my fishball noodle must be sold at a minimum of $2.70 as there...

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/stories/1/1474/NewHawkerStallBi...

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