04 Dec '11, 10am

Important to nurture next generation of hawkers: Dr Balakrishnan

SINGAPORE: Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said it is important to look at how to nurture and select Singapore's next generation of hawkers. He was asked to elaborate on the government's plans to build ten new hawker centres at a community event on Sunday. Mr Balakrishnan said: "It's not as if anyone can just walk off the street and say I'm going to make the world's best char kway teow. There's an element of training, exchanging of best practices and recipes. And we need in a way to professionalise our hawker centres and our hawkers." In order to make sure hawker centres remain viable in the long run, Dr Balakrishnan said the hawkers must be Singaporeans. With the new hawker centres, he said the government will also look at creating opportunities and jobs for the low income group. A 19-member panel appointed by the Environment and Water Resources Ministry is spear...

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