Edwin Tong says tender for Ramadan Bazaar is to get bidder with best proposal, but price takes up 60% of evaluation criteria

The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar in Singapore is managed by Wisma Geylang Serai under the People’s Association (PA), with the operating right for the annual event being tendered out in November 2022. A consortium of three companies won the tender for S$2.26m, with the price taking up 60% of the evaluation criteria. The high price of rental for vendors has been criticized, and some have struggled to secure a space due to having to bid high. Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and deputy chairman of PA, stated that the tender is meant to get the bidder with the best expertise, experience, and proposal to manage and run the bazaar, not necessarily the highest bidder. He also noted that a substantial amount of the tender goes back into the event, its programming, and the light-up.

Kf Seetoh questioned the justification for S$2.26 million expensive tender for “roadside pasar malam space”

Commenting in a Facebook post on Wednesday, KF Seetoh, founder of Makansutra, questioned the $2.26 million tender price for the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, and urged the People’s Association (PA) to clarify the justification for the expense. The winning consortium of S-Lite Event Support, TLK Trade Fair and Events, and Enniche Global Trading paid this amount to run the bazaar, with WGS listed as the organising authority. Vendors have struggled with high rental costs and bids needed to secure a space at the bazaar.

Despite Prof Faishal’s claim of 3 million attendees, crowd numbers at Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar remain unclear

Around three million people have attended the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar this year, according to Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development, Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. These figures, however, have been contested by some visitors and media outlets, with reports of light or deserted foot traffic in some areas of the bazaar. T