Minimum wage roundtable: $15 okay for bowl of ramen, but not more than $3 for hawker food?

Five panellists talk about Singapore's wage model - former labour chief Lim Boon Heng, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, labour MP Zainal Sapari, and giving the employers' perspective, Mr Kurt Wee and Mr Daniel Thong.
Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh urged Singaporeans to be willing to pay more for hawker food, so that hawkers can earn more.
Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh urged Singaporeans to be willing to pay more for hawker food, so that hawkers can earn more.PHOTO: ST FILE

A Singaporean may be willing to pay $15 for a bowl of ramen or $20 for pasta, and yet would insist on hawker fare costing no more than $3.

This disparity was pointed out by Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh on Friday when he urged Singaporeans to be willing to pay more for hawker food, so that hawkers can earn more.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline '$15 okay for bowl of ramen, but not more than $3 for hawker food?'. Subscribe