SIT canteen vendors lament operators' move to cut rebate

Madam Ong Swee Geok, who runs a salad stall, holding the petition signed by students, staff and other vendors protesting against the rising costs. She was told last month by Food Canopy, which leases out SIT's cafeteria stall spaces, that she would h
Madam Ong Swee Geok, who runs a salad stall, holding the petition signed by students, staff and other vendors protesting against the rising costs. She was told last month by Food Canopy, which leases out SIT's cafeteria stall spaces, that she would have to fork out $1,200 monthly from September, more than double the $550 she is paying. SIT does not control the rental prices of stalls, "as these are purely contractual between (Food Canopy) and stallholders".ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

A salad stall in the cafeteria of Singapore Institute of Technology's (SIT's) Dover campus is Madam Ong Swee Geok's first foray into running her own business.

The 62-year-old retired pastor invested some $15,000 into her one-year-old stall and has built a rapport with the students in the cafeteria in that time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2018, with the headline 'SIT canteen vendors lament operators' move to cut rebate'. Subscribe