Hawking tissues without licence is illegal
SOME tissue paper peddlers are breaking the law.
Only 11 of the 362 licensed street hawkers sell tissue paper, according to the National Environment Agency's (NEA) website.
It is illegal to sell tissue paper, food and other products on the streets without a licence.
The licence allows them to sell only at fixed locations.
According to the NEA website, these sellers have to apply for licences under the Street Hawking Scheme and the annual fee is $120.
An NEA spokesman told The Straits Times that in the first six months of the year, the NEA rounded up illegal hawkers selling tissue paper, mobile phone accessories, clothes and other goods.
Out of the 145, about half were foreigners.
Able-bodied women from China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam were seen selling tissue paper at food centres and coffee shops in Geylang Serai, other parts of Geylang and Chinatown.
First-time offenders are fined $300, while repeat offenders may be taken to court.
The NEA said Singaporeans caught hawking illegally and found to be in genuine hardship are referred to social service agencies.
Tan Ern Ser, a sociologist from the National University of Singapore and an authority on Singapore's welfare policies, is all for enforcement to get the foreigners out of the scene, but notes there are real difficulties.
Dr Tan says: "The sellers would play cat and mouse."
THE NEW PAPER