Speaking at a dialogue session for a new food centre at Senja Road, PAP MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Liang Eng Hwa said that young Singaporeans should be hawkers and “glorify” the trade. Speaking to about 100 constituents in Mandarin, the PAP MP said that the government may lower “entry barriers” and even charge lower rent:
(Translation from Mandarin by States Times Review):
“Currently, the hawker stalls doing well are those with experience. We should encourage younger Singaporeans because we need them in this line. Perhaps we should lower the entry barriers, so more young people can pick up the skills. Maybe for the new Senja food centre, we might allocate a section for young hawker stalls and let them try it out by charging them lower rent.”
PAP MP Liang Eng Hwa said that he has already submitted his proposals to the National Environment Agency (NEA) and that the decision is processing.
The new Senja food centre will have 40 hawker stalls and over 700 seats. There will also be a new supermarket built right next to the amenity. The food centre will be ready only by 2020, when the next General Election will be held.