Title : Hawkers in Bedok and Kampong Chai Chee pledge to maintain prices
By : Evelyn Lam
Date : 20 Mar 2011 1147 hrs (GMT + 8hrs)
SINGAPORE : Two hawker centres in eastern Singapore have pledged not to increase food prices over the next six months.
They are the food centres at Bedok North Block 216 and Kampong Chai Chee Block 207.
Some 120 stalls, or 85 per cent of them, will bear a label from Singapore's Retail Price Watch Group, indicating their participation.
Stalls not joining the initiative cited several reasons, like concerns about price fluctuations in food ingredients.
There is also a possibility that other eateries and retail outlets may explore a similar scheme of keeping product prices stable.
Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, who is also chairman of the Retail Price Watch Group, said: "This is to create awareness as well as to advertise the Bedok Centre markets, that they still offer a wide range of prices, and there are over a dozen stalls that still offer S$2 food...in Bak Kut Teh, in chicken rice, in mee rebus and so on. And they are usually the very popular stalls."
today wrote:Hawkers sacrifice earnings to maintain prices, yet ministers pay is increasing.
hawkerfan wrote:4) If needed, set up some kind of operation which facilitates hawkers to connect to various suppliers where some form of subsidies, collective bargaining and economies of scale can be achieved.
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