Tag Archives: Sungei Road

GOVT MUST DO ALL THEY CAN TO HELP DISPLACED ELDERLY VENDORS FROM SUNGEI ROAD

NEA said that government agencies will be reaching out to the other users at the Sungei Road Hawking Zone who are not original permit holders, to share information on financial and employment assistance, as well as channels through which they can continue their trade, should they wish to do so. Let's hope that this is just not saying good things to appease the public. These elderly vendors really do need the government's help in this issue, not least because their main source of income is going to be taken away from them soon. This is not a case of help to continue their trade and help in their financial capabilities should they wish to be helped. They must be helped, one way or another. We cannot neglect them just because they are old and their trade is a disappearing one.

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ELDERLY SUNGEI ROAD VENDORS FORGOTTEN AND LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES?

The recent uproar about the close of the Sungei Road Market and the fact that many of the sellers there will lose their place of business seems like it might not be over yet. The Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods recently wrote to the press voicing their unhappiness with the Environment and Water Resources Minister’s response in Parliament. They indicated that only about 10 out of the more than 200 vendors in the Sungei Road market are receiving relocation assistance or public assistance. As is known by the public, most of the sellers who hawked their goods at the Sungei Road market are elderly folks, and hawking is their only source of income. Now, they are going to lose their source of income, and despite assurances from the government that they will extend assistance and provide employment services for the vendors, thus far, no government official has approached the association to date.

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SUNGEI ROAD THIEVES MARKET VENDORS PLAN PROTEST TO STOP EVICTION FROM SITE

The market vendors of Sungei Road Thieves Market have vowed to march from the site of the market to the Istana on 15 July if the government insists on closing the market on 11 July. This is because the government is effectively cutting off their only source of income and denying them the ability to earn a livelihood in increasingly expensive Singapore.

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PETITION TO RETAIN SUNGEI ROAD MARKET, BOUND TO END IN FAILURE

About 200 people have so far signed a petition calling on the authorities to either retain or conserve the Sungei Road flea market. This petition was started by Mr Koh Ah Koon, 76, the president of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods. He said that he will continue to collect signatures for the petition, until the day the Sungei Road flea market is supposed to close down, which is in July. The market was cited by one signatory as a venue that provides the elderly hawkers a legitimate source of income and can be seen as an engagement programme for seniors - not that different from those run by community centres. The area in Sungei Road had already been earmarked for residential use.

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Sungei Road Thieves’ Market – Singapore’s Oldest Flea Market

Ask any Singaporean and they should be able to tell you where the “Thieves’ market” is in Singapore.(The name comes from an old adage from the 1970’s that purports that if you ever “lost” anything, you could probably find it for sale there the next day). A stone’s throw from Sim Lim square, it is 2 or 3 lanes of road situated neatly around the Rochor area.

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