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Vivian Balakrishnan orders NEA to drop "archaic" hawker rule

Published on Jan 13, 2014 11:22 PM
 
An "archaic" rule that hawkers holding National Environment Agency (NEA) licences must apply in writing if they want to sell "restaurant type" dishes has been scrapped. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JASON QUAH

An "archaic" rule that hawkers holding National Environment Agency (NEA) licences must apply in writing if they want to sell "restaurant type" dishes has been scrapped.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan made the announcement on Monday night in a Facebook post.

He had apparently seen hawker-stall holder Daniel Goh's Facebook post last Friday about the licensing requirement.

Mr Goh, 39, who runs craft-beer stall The Good Beer Company at Chinatown Complex, said a neighbour had just renewed his licence and spotted the odd condition that "in the case of a cooked food stall, no restaurant type of dishes shall be sold unless the licensee has been authorised to do so in writing by the Director-General of Public Health".

 
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