THE recent debate over wet markets versus supermarkets has made me realise that in all crises there is opportunity.
It is obvious that the public likes the nostalgia and social purpose of the wet market but not the “wetness” and the heat, which is where supermarkets have the advantage.
Perhaps the Government should pick a few wet markets and renovate them, air-condition the premises and, importantly, retain the stallholders. The agency could then run like a landlord, maybe even to the point of coordinating suppliers so everyone benefits from economies of scale. They would also run the rule on hygiene and any disputes.
Residents will benefit from an upgraded market, stallholders keep their livelihood, the Government can raise rentals. It’s win-win.
Source : Today – 22 Oct 2009