Hawker stall. Singaporefoodweb.com in Wikimedia Commons
By Jonathan Chang
The role of social enterprises has been thrust into the spotlight amidst the ongoing controversy over how some of them run hawker centres and impose harsh commercial conditions on stallholders. Some have accused these social enterprises for being greedy and unscrupulous, pointing out that they were appointed by the government to manage the hawker centres on a non-for-profit basis. While such sentiments are understandable, it is crucial that we understand that social enterprises have an important role to play in Singapore.
First published in: Today