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As part of its on going preparation for the general elections, the SDP will be back in the Bukit Panjang constituency tomorrow for a visit. It will use the walkabout to speak with residents and stallholders at the Fajar Market in the wake of the 30 percent rent hike by Sheng Siong Pte Ltd to see what can be done to help them.
As a result of the unconscionable increase, several vendors have had to give up their stalls. The Singapore Democrats will also be going to the various blocks at the constituency to tell residents the importance of electing an MP who cares and dares to speak up on their behalf.
The SDP has called on Dr Teo Ho Pin to speak up on the situation and press Sheng Siong to withdraw its rent increase. However, the PAP MP has remained silent over the issue.
The silence is deafening given that vendors and consumers are the ones to suffer as the drastic rent hike will hit their pockets hard. As is always the case, the poorer segments of society will be the most affected.
The Democrats stood with the stallholders in their fight to prevent Sheng Siong’s takeover of the wet markets. We signed the petition and wrote to Sheng Siong to meet with its officials. We had even written to the HDB to try stop the takeover.
However, the Government seems bent on corporatising the wet markets at the expense of the little guy. The SDP will continue to speak up on the matter.
To do this we need your support. We call on Singaporeans to stand up and not allow the PAP and big business to threaten the livelihoods of hardworking small busineses and to make life even more difficult for the ordinary.