PASAR Awam Kajang traders are glad they can once again earn a livelihood after the market was reopened by Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj).
The market was shut after five people comprising two foreigners and three locals tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the market being shut down on May 21.
Selangor environment, green technology, science, technology, innovation and consumer affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian visited the market yesterday and called on traders to follow the standard operating procedure.
Accompanying him were MPKj president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid, his deputy Najmuddin Jemain and heads from the council’s valuation, licensing, enforcement as well as solid waste and public cleansing management departments.
Persatuan Penjaja Pasar Kajang (PPPK) chairman Lee Kok Leong said on Monday, traders and their workers took part in a gotong-royong to clean the place.
This was in addition to an earlier disinfection exercise carried out by MPKj together with the Health Ministry.
MPKj’s Valuation Department second assistant officer Ahmad Fairullah Selamat said to ensure social distancing, only 30 customers would be allowed into the market at any one time.
“Each customer is given only 20 minutes to shop. To ensure compliance, association members will give constant reminders to customers to keep to the time frame,” said Ahmad Fairullah.
He added that the market received up to 1,200 customers a day on weekdays and 3,000 during weekends.
PPPK vice-chairman Zahira Effendy Ariffin said the association members and Rela personnel would be manning the single entrance to ensure visitors register their names and contact numbers, undergo temperature screening and sanitise their hands before going into the market.
“Some 10 traders have been put on duty daily to ensure customers abide by the entry requirements and social distancing rules.
“We also have five Rela personnel on standby. MPKj will also send their staff on weekends when there is a larger crowd,” said Zahira Effendy.