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Danisha Hakeem

“Hawkers do not exist to make the hawker centre or the city vibrant”: Donald Low, in response to MP Lim Biow Chuan’s remarks regarding the hawker centre debacle

A Facebook post by a former academic that has gone viral lambasted Mountbatten Member of Parliament (MP) Lim Biow Chuan's justification regarding the operating hours of stalls in social enterprise hawker centres (SEHCs), with the MP stating that it is "incorrect" to suggest that "hawkers had to work super long hours." Donald Low, in his Facebook post on Wednesday (24 Oct), …

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NEA draws flak for alleged inaction regarding possibly exploitative contractual terms against hawkers by food court operators

Social enterprise hawker centres managed by operators such as NTUC Foodfare and Koufu Group's subsidiary Hawker Management have become a controversial contemporary topic following a blog post renowned food critic and Makansutra founder K.F. Seetoh that was published in August, which suggested that social enterprise hawker centres are being run by their operators the way private food courts are run. Publicly funded …

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Foodfare’s statement regarding Old Airport Road Hawker Centre contradictory to details stated on its website?

NTUC Foodfare, the agent that manages the Old Airport Road Food Centre, has retaliated against complaints made by hawkers which were made viral by user Gary Ho on Facebook, among which include almost round-the-clock operation hours and various hefty fees imposed against stall owners. Local chocolatier Lim Jialiang has pointed out in a Facebook post that while "Foodfare doesn't force hawkers …

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Singapore Police Force issues stiff warning against former DBS employee over image depicting torn Singapore flag

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a stern warning against a former DBS employee who had posted an illustration of a T-shirt with the Singapore flag being torn with the Indian flag underneath online. Responding to queries regarding Avijit Das Patnaik's case on Tuesday (23 Oct), the police announced: "Following investigations, the police, in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, …

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NTUC allegedly coercing hawkers into signing legal documents in English without a translator present, pressuring them to buy mandatory insurance

A viral Facebook post by Gary Ho on Tuesday (23 Oct) revealed the extent to which hawkers are treated by the management of the hawker centre, and in this particular case, NTUC's oppressive rules against hawkers at the iconic Old Airport Road Hawker Centre following its takeover was highlighted. Mr Ho recalled: "When I went there yesterday, one of the …

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Grab to guarantee its driver-partners gross monthly incomes of $6,888 to $11,888 before costs deduction following impending entry of rival Go-Jek

Controversial ride-hailing platform Grab has announced its plans to introduce a guaranteed income scheme for its driver-partners, following the news that Jakarta-based rival Go-Jek will be entering the Singapore market at the end of November this year. Findings from an online poll conducted by Facebook group Singapore Private Hire Car Drivers & Riders Community revealed that 86 per cent of …

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PM Lee Hsien Loong to meet Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya in November

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the latter country's administrative capital of Putrajaya next month at a leaders' retreat, reported The Straits Times. The visit is expected to take place around 10 days after Dr Mahathir's visit to Singapore for the ASEAN Summit, which will be held over a …

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14-member committee convened to prepare for Singapore’s nomination of hawker culture for UNESCO Representative List

Amid the furore surrounding social enterprise hawker centres recently, and following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement to nominate Singapore’s hawker culture as a part of the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a 14-member committee has been set up to provide recommendations and guidance for that purpose. PM Lee said in his National Day Rally …

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