HAWKERS COMPLAIN OF PRICE CAPS ON FOOD ITEMS AT NEW BUKIT PANJANG HAWKER CENTER

Following sharp criticism from hawkers on the price caps to be imposed at its new Bukit Panjang hawker centre, NTUC Foodfare said today that these limits – which were intended to keep basic meals affordable – would be reviewed from time to time if necessary, to take into account the cost of ingredients and inflation. Stallholders can also submit requests to adjust the price ceilings, it added.

Foodfare was appointed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to operate the Bukit Panjang hawker centre, which is the second of 20 new hawker centres to be managed by social enterprises and cooperatives.

Tender documents for the hawker centre, which is slated to open by the end of this year, state that each stall should offer at least two items that are capped at certain prices.

The price of dishes such as fishball noodle, nasi lemak and chicken rice are capped at between S$2.50 and S$2.70.

The price ceilings for Western food are higher, such as S$5.80 for pasta.

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