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What are the chances that Poly/ITE hawkers will survive?

(ST, Jan 11) “Poly, ITE grads can train to be hawkers under new programme”

(theindependent.sg, Jan 16, 2020) ““Just look at how many hawkers are shuttering up” – KF Seetoh disputes NEA’s remarks on the operation costs hawkers face”

“First, it says total cost including rents adds up to 12%, then say raw materials sets in at 59%. (that’s already 71% of total operating cost. No sane minded folks in this trade will even glance that operation cost model, even the insane will go “59%, xiao la”. The world standard is 30% or under.

Mr Seetoh also noted that Singapore has “the most expensive public hawker stall rentals in the world” even though the costs apparently make up 12 per cent of hawkers’ operating expenses.

“Hawker centres are built by public monies and operated by independent hawkers who once were happy to offer food at cheap or cheaper prices to meet public expectations, but rentals today, with open market bidding going as high as $4k to $5k, makes it very unenviable.”

“And that centralised cleaning cost- where the govt will subsidise on average 50% of cost, will last for up to four years only. And there’s no idea what the real “market value” full cost will be in four years.”

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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15 Responses to “What are the chances that Poly/ITE hawkers will survive?”

  • Seetoh Ugly Toad:

    There’s also cleaning costs. Hawkers at market/food centers MUST pay a few hundred in cleaning fees every month. Cannot opt out. And those cleaners at Bukit Timah Hawker center do very well adding to the squeeze and driving customers away.

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  • Corporate Hawkerpreneurship:

    The Corporate Operators of Hawkers’ Centres are the guaranteed emerging champions while the Graduate Hawkers enslave themselves under those parasitic Corporate Operators’ terms which suck a big chunk of the individual hawker’s profit. And the CEOs are…..(Cocoronies and Cocoronas ?)

    It could eventually boil down to corporate
    hawkerpreneurship taking full advantage of the sheepled graduate hawkers.

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  • A Peasant's Life:

    This is another one of PAP’s grand scheme to promote hawker culture in SG. Young people should be allowed to pursue their own dreams and aspirations and not let politicians set the agenda for their lives. Years back, they were promoting biotechnology. Whatever become of those who listened to them? The hawker’s life is not an easy one. Got to get up early in the morning to prepare the food and manage the stall till late in the day/night. It’s a tiring job to be on your feet the whole time. No paid leave, no medical benefits and no fix income. These days it’s not cheap to rent a space, and a good chunk of your earnings go to the rent. Look at the high turnover of vendors at coffee shops and the most frequent complaint is high rental. Unless you own the premises, you are just working to help the landlord get back his investment.

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  • New CECA:

    If you continue with this bunch of PAPi then even next time the hawkers will be competed with new CECAs/New citizens.

    61% deserves what they voted for themselves.

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  • Tremendous:

    Heard that the futureskillset and environmental heads put their heads together to come up with this program. Who are these two bloody idiots ?

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  • kings in their own home:

    //Hawker centres are built by public monies and operated by independent hawkers who once were happy to offer food at cheap or cheaper prices to meet public expectations, but rentals today, with open market bidding going as high as $4k to $5k, makes it very unenviable.”//

    aiyoh. this is called rent seeking benefitting landlords and developers lar who have the ‘flair / expertise’ in this real estate thingy lar ?? that is why housing (be it public or private) is high (where got enough for retirements for those borderline cases ???) and tfr is so low – stress of even supporting oneselves (both emotionally and $$$$) where can support more children ???

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  • xoxo:

    We know of famous Swiss Culinary schools and hotel management but hawkers must be another FIRST in the world?!

    So,BANKING N IT JOBS now OPENLY RESERVED FOR FTs yet to IMPORTED here together with strange variants of TB N COVID?

    HAWKING SHUD NOT BE TAUGHT in schools but learnt through casual apprenticeship.
    Our grandfathers n those from China,India,Raiwan n HK never went to formal schools unlike swiss GOURMET COOKING N HOTEL MANAGEMENT.
    YOU DONT NEED TO TEACH HAWKERS HOE TO MANAGE STALLS UNLIKE RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT?

    ARE YOU LOOKING DOWN ON YOUR OWN CITIZENS?
    WE MIGHT AS WELL *TEACH* OUR KIDS HOW TO BECOME GOOD POLITICIANS N PUBLIC ADMINSTRATORS SO THEY CAN BETTER MANAGE N GOVERN UNLIKE THE DAFT SCHOLARS NOW????!!!!

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  • Dun Bluff Mi U Tink I 2pid?:

    It is not about ITE/Poly hawkers, it is the whole Hawker trade that finds it very hard to survive..

    Rent, labour, raw materials, misc costs etc are all going up, which will be passed on to consumers. End of the day who benefits? The people who are at the top of the food chain who collects all these monies.

    Who suffers most? The backbreaking Hawkers who have to juggle all these costs and fees just to eke out a living for themselves, and end consumers who have to foot the bill just for a small plate of $4 char kway teow.

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  • PAP Leaders Have Failed:

    Its time to kick out the PAP. Their leaders have failed in their jobs.

    Banking, IT, Insurance, Accountancy etc jobs are reserved for foreigners. Now Local PMETs have to do gig jobs like PHV, Food Deliveries etc.

    Now ex Malaysian MP Amy Khor have proposed that you’ll need Poly or ITE qualification to be a hawker.

    WHAT About those Singaporeans who do not have the ITE or Polytechnics qualification , what do they do ? Do you want them to become robbers, drug traffickers or become gangsters to survive in Singapore ?

    The situation now in Singapore is very bad compared to the time under LKY.

    Its a mistake for LKY to put his son to lead Singapore.

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  • Ahsoon:

    Huh?Giant company, example huflux,Robinson,sin Leong all bye bye ready..

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    I recall a article that says hawkers of a certain food court were not paid their earnings. When a customers pays, the money goes to the food court operator first whoo then deduct rent and other fees first, before disbursing the remainder to individual stalls. What was shocking is that the hawkers did not receive their due for several months.

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  • Eddie:

    So the new names will be:
    A) HawKhor entrepreneurs
    B) HawKhor diploma certifications
    C) HawKhor PHD or Masters for graduates!

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  • nathan chen:

    What kind of minister is Amy Koh? Sending her own children to prestigious oversea U but telling other people’s children go to poly or ITE to become hawkers. On the average, the higher your education level, the probability of failing is higher. Your level of maturity is more important than your education level in hawkering.

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  • Already happened:

    Why people always say next time, or in future?
    Those events already happened and happening now.

    So many Sinkies food stalls have been taken over. In hawker centres, food courts, malls, schools, everywhere.

    Sinkies only 2/3 of citizens and 40% of population. Already a minority. Now. PAP is surviving on the support of new citizens.

    New CECA:
    If you continue with this bunch of PAPi then even next time the hawkers will be competed with new CECAs/New citizens.

    61% deserves what they voted for themselves.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    No one to blame except Stinkaporeans themselves, Stinkaporeans voted for PAP in every election. Stinkaporeans deserve what you get from PAP Government. More good years to come from Stinkaporeans…lol. Malaysians can always go back to Malaysians, in fact, all foreigners can always go back to their ancestor countries, only gutless and dumb Stinkapoeans will be stuck in their Stinkapore…LOL

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