NEA calls operators to bid for managing hawker centres and netizens worry food price will rise

The National Environment Agency (NEA) today invited operators to bid for tenders to manage two new hawker centres at Yishun and Jurong West on a not-for-profit basis and netizens wonder if this will lead to price escalation of hawker foods.

The new hawker centres will be located at Jurong West Street 61 and is slated to commence operations in September 2017. The in Yishun will be at Yishun Park and is expected to start operations in August next year.

Netizens who responded to Channel NewsAsia’s report on the announcement in their Facebook wondered why NEA cannot manage the hawker centres themselves, and if having a middleman to manage the hawker centres will lead to price escalation.

NEA said that the tenderers would have to “ensure availability of affordable meals for residents”. Netizens questioned what “affordable” meant.
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