Peanut vendor in Singapore, July 2015. Flickr in Wikimedia Commons

By Louisa Tang

Today-Oct 24

Stepping into Jurong West Hawker Centre during lunchtime on a recent weekday, I felt like I was entering a ghost town. More than half of the tables were unoccupied. Hawkers lounged inside their respective stalls. No queues were forming. Even worse, the hawkers whom I talked to said this had been the norm for several months.

I found it hard to fathom.

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