NEA instructed to remove “archaic” rule from hawker stall licence

SINGAPORE: The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been instructed to remove an “archaic” rule from hawker stall licence requirements.

The rule, listed under the Conditions of Licence for hawkers, stipulates that cooked-food stalls are not allowed to sell “restaurant type of dishes” unless authorised to do so in writing by the Director-General of Public Health.

Facebook user Daniel Goh had commented in a post on January 10 that the rule was “onerous”, and questioned how such dishes are defined.

He had used the example of crab meat fried rice, and asked if hawkers had to seek approval to sell this just because restaurants did so.

In a post on his Facebook page on Monday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shared Mr Goh’s post and said he agreed with him.

Dr Balakrishnan called the rule “archaic”, and said he had instructed the NEA to remove it from the hawker stall licence with immediate effect.

– CNA/gn

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