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AHPETC proposes dialogue over hawker issue as row continues

Published on Jun 10, 2013 8:13 PM
 
Cleaners at work at Block 538 Bedok North Food centre. The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) has invited the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan to a dialogue with the MPs in the council to "settle any outstanding matters". -- ST FILE PHOTO: LAW FOOK KONG

The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) has invited the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan to a dialogue with the MPs in the council to "settle any outstanding matters".

Its vice-chairman, Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh, made this invitation at the end of statement on Monday evening, continuing the ongoing argument between the Government and AHPETC over the cleaning of hawker centres in Aljunied GRC.

Mr Singh sought to rebut suggestions made on Sunday that he had been untruthful over the matter of whether hawkers had been asked to pay extra for the ceiling of the hawker centres to be cleaned. National Environment Agency (NEA) has said that hawkers in Block 538 and 511 have been asked to pay more. Mr Singh stressed that AHPETC had made no such request.

Dr Balakrishnan had issued a fiercely worded statement on Sunday in response to accusations from AHPETC chairman Sylvia Lim that the National Environment Agency was "politically motivated" to tarnish the name of the town council.

 
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