A year on, some Sungei Road vendors still searching for a home

Mr Steven Low (second from left), 60, showing a laptop to a potential customer in Toa Payoh. He is among the former Sungei Road flea market vendors who have splintered across the island. Vendors hawking their wares at the Woodlands Recreation Centre,
Vendors hawking their wares at the Woodlands Recreation Centre, where some former Sungei Road vendors have been setting up shop on the weekends since last December. As of yesterday, the vendors are now able to operate there daily. Foreign workers make up the bulk of patrons there.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Mr Wong Choong Ho, 63, and his wife Tan Ai Hua, 63, run a stall selling second-hand goods in Telok Blangah Crescent. The former Sungei Road vendors say they make enough from the stall and their income is supplemented by money that their three childre
Mr Wong Choong Ho, 63, and his wife Tan Ai Hua, 63, run a stall selling second-hand goods in Telok Blangah Crescent. The former Sungei Road vendors say they make enough from the stall and their income is supplemented by money that their three children give them.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Mr Steven Low (second from left), 60, showing a laptop to a potential customer in Toa Payoh. He is among the former Sungei Road flea market vendors who have splintered across the island. Vendors hawking their wares at the Woodlands Recreation Centre,
Mr Steven Low (second from left), 60, showing a laptop to a potential customer in Toa Payoh. He is among the former Sungei Road flea market vendors who have splintered across the island. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

In an emotional farewell on July 10 last year, some 200 vendors and scores of Singaporeans bid the historic 1930s Sungei Road free hawking zone goodbye.

The site was repossessed to make way for future residential developments.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'A year on, some Sungei Road vendors still searching for a home'. Print Edition | Subscribe