Monday, 10 August 2015
Genevieve Lim (6) 27/5/15
Beer promoters and stall holders seen trying to work around recent NEA ban
This article is about how beer promoters can no longer work at hawker centres here, but it seems they have found a way around restrictions by the National Environment Agency (NEA).
Dressed in plainclothes, they now do not pick up bottles, open them or pour drinks for patrons. Instead, like waitresses, they only order from drinks stalls on behalf of customers.
Response: NEA banned beer promoters for a reason; NEA does not allow beer promoters at hawker centres as this could lead to touting among the various drink stalls. This is a perfectly good reason for the ban, and everyone should abide by the law, especially drinks stall owners as they are very clear about the ban and should know better than to employ beer promoters on the sly. Even worse so, the beer promoters try to act like normal people who are not buying beer. This act is very wrong as this is not abiding by the rules of the government. I feel they should impose a fine should this everhappen again, so the stal owners will not dare to commit this act as they do not want a fine. Also, touting can lead to conflicts or fierce competition among all the drinks stalls in the hawker centre, which might lead to a fight and disrupted peace and harmony.