Would you support those hawkers who ripped off their clientele when times were good but are now suffering when there's no business during the pandemic and the enforcement of the various stages of the Movement Control Order?
Yesterday, the state assemblyman for Pulau Tikus, Chris Lee, appealed on his facebook page to "give these hawkers a chance as there are good people here trying to make a living as well."
But as my old friend, Jim, observed, "A few years ago, as a local I paid RM5 for a piece of pineapple. The foreign worker said his boss’s policy. I stopped going there."
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What a slap in the face for the Gurney Drive hawkers! And are the hawkers in other touristy areas facing the same difficulty? I'm sure if the badly affected hawker centres learn to reinvent themselves and cater more to the local people, their business will return.
I know for sure that some hawkers in non-touristy areas have reported little difference in their earnings. Some are even experiencing roaring business. At the end of November, for example, I went to the Berapit food court beside their market to buy from this stall. It wasn't not as empty as I thought. The proprietress was enjoying roaring business every day. Even as she opened her stall at 9am that day, there was already a long queue of people placing orders. I had to wait an hour for my order to be fulfilled. Who says the CMCO is bad for the food business? You just need to go to the non-touristy food courts where food can be equally good and prices are more reasonable.