Let wet markets fade away gradually, but not now

I AM a 37-year-old supermarket patron who believes that wet markets will be a thing of the past within the next 10 years. Supermarkets have proper food-handling procedures, accountability for returns and competitive pricing. Also, in general, they offer shoppers a much more pleasant milieu.

But the way the authorities have relinquished wet markets to private investors stinks, if you will pardon the pun.

Where will less well-educated but specially skilled stallholders find jobs to support themselves and their families in rapidly urbanising Singapore?

Many stallholders I know barely passed Primary 6.

They cannot move to another wet market because there are so many wet markets passing all at once into private investors’ hands. And the fact is, there are severely limited opportunities at other already tenanted markets.

We are in the midst of recovering from the economic downturn and the timing of supermarket chain Sheng Siong acquiring the bulk of the wet markets is disheartening.

Let the number of wet markets dwindle gradually – and let them fade away completely if they must, but not this way, and not now.

Wendy Lam (Ms)

Source : Straits Times – 31 Oct 2009

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