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Some hawkers want to decide cleaning contracts on their own

Published on Nov 14, 2012 4:27 PM

THE Government has to take a cautious approach in deciding whether to take over the management of all cleaning contracts for hawker centres and benefit from the economies of scale.

This is because some hawker centre associations do want more autonomy and room to decide how cleaning should be done.

Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Ms Grace Fu, said this on Wednesday in response to a question by MP (Mountbatten) Lim Biow Chuan on whether the ministry would consider consolidating cleaning contracts for all hawker centres as some associations were ill-equipped in calling for contracts.

Ms Fu added that the industry was going through changes to implement better standards and take better care of its workers through training and better wages.

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