SINGAPORE: About S$280,000 has been raised for the construction of a temporary wet market in Jurong West to replace the one that was destroyed in a fire earlier this month.
The money was raised through public donations and contributions from businesses as well as temples, schools and other associations, said chairman of the market building fund Henry Ho on Thursday (Oct 27). Ten businessmen had pledged S$200,000, he added.
However, the amount is still short of the S$600,000 needed, said Mr Ho, who is also chairman of the Jurong Central Citizens' Consultative Committee.
The wet market at Jurong West Street 41 will be demolished after it was gutted in a fire on Oct 11. A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged for allegedly setting fire to styrofoam boxes in the market.
Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC Ang Wei Neng said the Urban Redevelopment Authority has approved the building plan for the temporary market, and approvals from the Building and Construction Authority and National Environment Agency are pending.
Five contractors have also submitted quotes for the construction, he said. "So, we will be finalising and probably awarding the contracts today or tomorrow.”
A job fair was held on Thursday to help the displaced stallholders of the wet market find jobs to tide them over. About 22 stallholders and 100 residents looking for work in the retail and food and beverage industries showed up at the fair, where 16 companies including BreadTalk and NTUC FairPrice were looking to fill more than 800 full-time and part-time job vacancies.
Executives from the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) conducted on-site coaching sessions for those who needed help in job-matching.
Mr Ang said the fair offered stallholders the option of considering a job in the same industry, while thinking about their next step. "Some stallholders want to wait out for the new market to be ready so meanwhile, they - as well as store assistants - need to find a job," he said.