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Abrupt end to Kovan City year-end fair; Organiser told to appear in court

Organiser told to appear in court after operating without a licence

Published on Dec 5, 2013 8:20 AM
Stall owners at the Kovan City fair packing up after organiser EBM said it was cancelling the event. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The year-end fair at Kovan City in Aljunied GRC came to an abrupt end yesterday, with its organiser set to appear in court for operating without a licence.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said last night it had applied for a summons against Events Business Management (EBM) on Monday.

"The operator will be required to attend court in due course," it added in a statement.

Earlier in the day, stunned and confused stallholders, told by EBM to pack up and close shop, swiftly put up "last day sale" signs as they counted their losses.

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Background story

Previous cases

SINCE 2011, the National Environment Agency has taken fair operators to court on 11 occasions for operating without a licence.

Eight were given fines of up to $800. The remaining three cases have yet to be heard in court. The fairs were held in Tampines, Toa Payoh, Simei, Clementi, Bukit Merah, Kampong Glam, Chinatown and Tanglin Halt.