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“I urge Singaporeans to stop shopping in Johor Baru. They should shop in Singapore. Shopping may costs a little more, but if we don’t support our neighbourhood shops … the shops will have to close down.”
– MP Ong Ah Heng, Straits Times, Apr 05, 2002. Mr Ong is also an assistant secretary general of the NTUC
“Who do we cater for? Fifty shopkeepers or four million people? … in terms of volume and price strength, we will win.”
– NTUC Fairprice Chairman Chandra Das, on how NTUC’s megamart in Ang Mo Kio will compete with small shops
“Many still flocking to JB to shop.”
– Straits Times, Apr 15, 2002