30 Jul '15, 9am

Balakrishnan callous to difficulties of ordinary S'poreans

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan's response to a complaint by a hawker clearly demonstrated the Minister's lack of empathy for the difficulties that ordinary Singaporeans face. Mr Douglas Ng, a young hawker who sold fishball noodles, had complained about the PAP government setting ceiling prices for hawker food at NTUC-run stalls. Mr Ng said that it is unfair to cap prices as basic ingredients are expensive. He wrote in his Facebook: "How can we expect hawkers to make a decent living?" But instead of helping him resolve the problem, Dr Balakrishnan said that rental rates of hawker stalls are low. He ignores other costs. For example, Mr Ng's noodle supplier has to pay high rent for his shop (the landlord, by the way, is probably the PAP government) and he is going to pass the cost on to Mr Ng. And what about utilities? Electricity tariffs was raised in June this year and gas tariffs ...

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