Over 50 Wet Market stallholders to lose their stalls

Including this one, if all confirm,
Total 6 Wet Markets will be closed...
5 will change to Sheng Siong Supermarket...
1 will change to NTUC FairPrice supermarket....

Another wet market going

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Oct 3, 2009

SEMBAWANG may soon be the next neighbourhood to lose a wet market - its only one at that.

Its 14 stallholders at the market in Canberra Road have been told to go by the end of this month.

This is because the master tenant, Sembawang New Market, is ending its lease with the Housing and Development Board, the owner of the market.

The space will probably be taken over by a FairPrice supermarket, pending approval by the HDB. The papers to transfer the tenancy to NTUC FairPrice were submitted a few weeks ago, and are still being evaluated.

Meanwhile, some residents in the neighbourhood are upset at the prospect of losing the wet market; stallholders there are also aggrieved over the short notice they have been given.

The situation there echoes that of the five other heartland wet markets which made the news this week.

The wet markets in Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok West, Serangoon and Pasir Panjang - among the minority here which are privately owned - also look set to go.

Supermarket chain Sheng Siong has exercised its option to buy them from property developer Heeton Holdings, with a view to setting up 'air-conditioned markets' there.

But those plans are now in question, because Heeton has yet to submit an application to HDB for clearance to sell the markets, although it has gone ahead and sent eviction letters to the stallholders there.

Although it owns the markets, it still needs the HDB's approval to sell them or to change the use for the space.

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Straits Times.

Latest comments

I am really surprised that there are wet markets owned and run by 1 single operator instead of leasing direct from HDB. In wet markets, most or all of the stall owners are Singaporeans. Usually a whole family, sometimes even 2 to 3 generations of them depend on this single income. Therefore this is really a serious matter as the livelihood of Hundreds or even Thousands (considering the suppliers etc) of ordinary Singaporean will be left hanging in the air. I do hope that relevant authorities looking into this matter exercise Empathy and Care rather than just the efficiency or legal aspects of the case. This is a case where all Singaporeans will look at very carefully to gauge if the Government that we have put so much faith and trust in are still in touch with the very grassroots that supported it so loyally and most important that Empathy still exists. Everyone I met is talking about it. This is the time when the ordinary Singaporeans look to the government for support and help. it will be a disappointment if nothing is done. Support and help rendered in this case will result in immeasurable gratitude and support from the grass-roots. I've been living overseas for several years and have seen how care, support and actions by government leaders at time of need lead to great support and goodwill from entire communities.
Posted by: Gundamtan at Sat Oct 03 12:20:04 SGT 2009

Wet markets are part of local colour and culture. Supermarkets are anonymous and the same world-wide - a good thing?!!!

From a health perspective: there is no way supermarket food is fresher or better than wet market food.
Posted by: kepney103 at Sat Oct 03 12:06:34 SGT 2009

This is such a shame.
Posted by: kepney103 at Sat Oct 03 12:03:52 SGT 2009

it's perplexing to note the respective MPs are so quiet when it obviously upset the residents. dont they need grassroots support anymore.
Posted by: coffeeshoptalk at Sat Oct 03 11:52:19 SGT 2009

Obviously the govt really care so much for the foreigners.
They knew that foreigners are not comfortable to buy their groceries at the wet market. Because they cant communicate very well with the stall holder. They have language problems.
Every new things they do are mainly for the invaders. Singaporean are now forced to learn and follow their culture.
Posted by: perry0164 at Sat Oct 03 11:22:46 SGT 2009

From: "truth"
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2009 13:05:42 GMT
Local: Sat, Oct 3 2009 9:05 pm
Subject: Re: Wet Market Stallholders eat grass liao...(S'pore)

The evil empire stretching its' tenticles.
Singaporeans are fucked left right and centre.

"AleXX" wrote in message

> Never mind, if wet market is gone, the papist government will tell you
> that there are still the dry market. Government regulated-NTUC can then
> monopolize and champion in the cause. As long as the elder son of Sheng
> Siong's owner is dating the eldest daughter of Lee Hsien Loong, Sheng
> Siong and NTUC are here to thrive.

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