Make cleanliness at hawker centres part of cultural heritage

Unesco recognition must come with shared responsibility on raising standards of hygiene.

Stalls at 84 Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre on Dec 26, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The inclusion of Singapore's hawker culture on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on Dec 16 is truly a celebration of an important aspect of our lifestyle.

Hawker centres are special places for family eat-outs, watering holes for friendly gatherings and relaxing spaces for community bonding over the comfort food we love.

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