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Bachelor of Science(Hawking)

If Vivian Balakrishnan has his way, would a new degree course be offered by the universities, Bachelor of Science(Hawking)? Hawking is now so lucrative with so many millionaires in their midst that the profession is getting more respectable, or at least the hawkers are gaining more dignity with their million dollar income. When there is money, there will be people willing to do it.

For the moment, hawkers are seen as those who sweat it out in their cooking stalls selling food in hawker centres or food courts, an upgraded version. In the latter, the hawkers no longer rolled up their sweaty singlets to their chests but put on nice uniforms. Many who are good could end up as chef or owners of upmarket restaurants.

It is a good idea, definitely, to encourage the young to become hawkers. And to make it more respectable, a Bachelor of Science degree, like domestic science, will go a long way. In the not too distant future, parents will be bragging about my son, the hawker, and being driven around in Mercedes Benzes. What is the point of a general arts degree or science degree and ended as a sales representative, an office administrator and earning a lousy salary? Go where the money is. Money smells good, better, when cooked. Now, this is creativity, thinking out of the box.

I rather be a minister politician.


Anonymous said...

Would all the ministers children be kind enough to be the pioneers for this new course? If it is good enough for Singaporeans future to be hawkers, then it is good enough for them too.

Anonymous said...

If it takes a degree to become a hawker, then be prepared to pay exorbitant food prices because the cost of obtaining a degree is pretty expensive as it is. Then the poor on public assistance will have to eat grass! or what?

Anonymous said...

This is good suggestion by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan,I support.But it should be Bachelor of Singaporean Cuisine(Public foods) and hawkers should be called Singaporean cuisine(public foods) consultants.Of course their rents should not be increased so that it can succeed.

Anonymous said...

BS(Inclusive Society)
BS(Historical Lessons on Social Harmony and Integration)

Duds said...

Go and be pap mp or minister betterest pow chiap. cock up like V Bala also can.Just group think and yes all the time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Duds, welcome to the blog.

The best and most lucrative job today in Sin is to be a minister, if not a political minister, a church minister also just as good.


Anonymous said...

Redbean Sir;

do include the President in Sin too.


Anonymous said...

Dear me, how can I forget this plum job. Thanks for the reminder, Darling.


agongkia said...

haha...good that one need to get a BS for selling ang tow thng(red bean soup).If not everyone will claim to be red bean when they dun even know how to cook bean.
Uncle,go for it.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for the Pro Alien Party Millionaires.
Otherwise our wives and daughters will have to work as maids in other countries.

Now they can look forward to becoming hawkers in Singapore.

Now who says the Pro Alien Party lacks vision and leadership for Singapore and Singaporeans?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I think this degree will be better for PMETs and remisiers. As agonkia said, I am going to get one before I set up my redbean soup stall.

Anonymous said...

Dear redbean
Please don't get sucked into playing the Pro Alien Party's game.

If you want to be a hawker, just do it.
No need to pay thousands of dollars;
to cronies(?) or strategic partners;
who will run courses to grant diplomas that "qualifies" you as an "approved" government certified hawker.

The only 'qualification" you need is the skill to cook good food.
The only "approval" you need are from the customers who enjoy your food.

This is an attempt by Middlemen-In-White to make money by becoming self appointed regulators of hawker food ?

Anonymous said...

Now Daughters of Singapore have additional career path as hawkers.
Not just online prostitution and KTV hostesses.

Our Leeders must be so proud.
Give the man another salary increment ... I mean Tiger beer.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Maybe no degree for hawking, but some certificate of culinary skills, certified by so and so, to charge a bit more.

Those professionals who lost their jobs used to become taxi drivers and remisiers. Taxi driving is congested, remisiers are going out of business. Hawking has become a real option. And many of these PMETs already have degrees and diplomas.

Soon they can hang their degrees and diplomas on their stalls with graduation photographs to serve the FTs. In a way quite compatible. Graduates serving graduates.

Anonymous said...

I think many of our highly educated elites and so called talented calibre need to be examined by their equally well-educated professionals in IMH.

Dr Fones should assess all of them to see if they are mentally fit.

Anonymous said...

First, must test for senility.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe no degree for hawking, but some certificate of culinary skills, certified by so and so, to charge a bit more."

Hawker food is unique because every hawker has his own secret recipe.

So now the Millionaire Minister wants to 'standardize" hawker food by offering courses?
If the hawker food is standardized, then how to charge premium prices for a standard generic product/commodity?

Yes. Uniquely Singapore, we can charge premium prices (million dollar salaries) for Clone-In-White politicians.
But not sure you can do the same for hawker food.

Matilah_Singapura said...

The hawker who make big money are those that run their stalls like a real business, and serve the customers delicious, safe food over a long time such that a solid reputation is established.

Most hawker food is CRAP. Vivian is talking nonsense as usual. To be financially successful in any free market venture, you have to have a shitload of paying customers over a very long time time who have the choice of supporting your your competitors instead.

In government, you have no competition and completely closed monopoly market. Your customers are FORCED to to buy from you.

You can can serve CRAP and charge sky high prices. You can also treat your customers with contempt - - without consequences

The said...

New degrees to be offered in 2013 for Alumni of NUS (ANUS):

BAchelor of Liew Lian (BALL)

MAster of Durian (MAD)

Doctor of MeeSiam Mai Hum (DMMH)

Doctor of Uncooked Hum (DUH)

patriot said...

Send some of our top talents to IMH to get their professorship in Madness as well; suggesting ideas the way they did.


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