The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many Singaporeans and heartland businesses alike.
King Omar Restaurant, who has been in operation for eight years, offers Indian-Muslim and Thai fusion food. Even with their unique cuisine, the stall was no exception to the impacts of the pandemic.
Owner, Mr Abu Bakar, shared that he has experienced his worst business downturn, but the ‘CDC Vouchers Scheme’ (first launched in 2020) came as a ray of hope that helped his business tremendously.
Mr Bakar recounted, “this (CDC Vouchers) scheme came just in time to help the community and small heartland businesses like us. We are also honoured to be able to help lower-income families in need.”
The five Community Development Councils are heartened that the ‘CDC Vouchers Scheme’ was able to help identified lower-income households defray their cost of living, as well as support local heartland businesses and hawkers affected during the height of the pandemic in 2020.
The CDC Vouchers Scheme 2024 was launched by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance Mr Lawrence Wong. Singaporean households will receive a separate $500 ‘CDC Vouchers’ to help defray their cost of living. This new tranche of CDC vouchers aims to support households with their daily essentials and will continue to support the local businesses.
Of the $500 worth of CDC vouchers, $250 CDC Vouchers can be spent at participating hawkers and heartland merchants (identified by the teal CDC Voucher Decal) and the other $250 CDC Supermarket Vouchers can be spent at participating supermarkets (identified by the yellow CDC Voucher Decal). Residents can find the list of participating hawkers, heartland merchants and supermarkets near them at go.gov.sg/cdcvouchers.