Traders suffering

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 November, 2002, 12:00am

I feel sorry for traders in Hong Kong's wet markets who are being overwhelmed by our supermarket chains.

In order to try to hold on to regular customers, ministore owners in the markets offer produce at such low prices that it is difficult for them to make a profit.

These store owners are also trying to provide customers with a more comfortable environment in the markets.

It is high time Hong Kong people showed their community spirit and spared a thought for the wet market traders.

There is not that big a difference in price between the produce sold in supermarkets and the same produce in the wet markets. Therefore, we should be shopping more frequently in wet markets. It will help the traders and save time queueing at supermarket checkouts.

If the supermarket monopoly succeeds, it will create an unhealthy financial atmosphere.

It will further widen the disparity between the rich and the poor.


Tseung Kwan O