Customers at the newly-opened Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre are peeved at the high prices of food and the cost of takeaway packaging.
The hawker centre, which replaced the old Chong Pang Village hawker centre, was opened to much fanfare by Health Minister Ong Ye Kung and his team of MPs from Sembawang GRC over the weekend.
One of the “draws” of the hawker centre was the promise of “affordable” food options, with each stall having to serve a meal that is priced at S$3.50 and below.
However, some customers have complained that these options are just a wayang.
Said a Mr Lim:
“Look at the mixed rice stall. S$2.70 is for rice and two vegetable (dishes). Elsewhere you go, you can get one meat and one vegetable for the same price or even less.”
Besides food prices, customers are also upset that they are charged as much as 80cents for takeaway packaging.
Stallholders say they have no choice as their cost is higher because they are made to use “biodegradable” packing boxes.
As a result, while some try to absorb part of the cost for now, others just pass the cost on to customers.