Hawkers welcome unified cashless payment system

Major obstacles removed but nagging concerns still make cash the preferred option

A patron making a purchase by scanning a QR code at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre. The Singapore authorities will create a unified e-payment system at all 12,000 stalls in hawker centres, which is expected to lower transaction fees and s
A patron making a purchase by scanning a QR code at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre. The Singapore authorities will create a unified e-payment system at all 12,000 stalls in hawker centres, which is expected to lower transaction fees and speed up account settlements. ST FILE PHOTO
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Hawker Benson Low, 55, does not like to fumble with loose change and prefers to go cashless. But the same cannot be said of every hawker at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre, where he sells laksa and prawn mee.

"Some of them can't read the transaction amount that customers enter into their phones when scanning a QR code to pay," said Mr Low, who is also chairman of Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre's association.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2018, with the headline Hawkers welcome unified cashless payment system. Subscribe