Close watch on traders’ activities

Adhering to merit system: A section of the Dengkil Market that is allocated to butchers. In this photo, the stalls and floor have been cleaned after business hours.

WET markets under the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) jurisdiction will be using a merit system starting this month in an effort to keep the markets clean.

MPSepang Licensing and Traders Department director Noor Halif Noorzan said traders would be given three types of certificates based on the points they had accumulated.

Those who score 69.9% and below will be given a warning notice and if they receive the warning three times, their business licence will be cancelled.

As for those who achieve 70% to 89.9%, they will be given a notice to improve the condition of their stall.

If they score 90%, they will be awarded with a certificate of appreciation.

According to Noor Halif, the traders are required to display the certificate at their stall.

The system will look into five criteria — licensing, condition of the sale table, trader’s image, goods and trader’s ethics when conducting business.

A total of 105 wet market traders will be subjected to the new merit system.

There are four wet markets under the MPSepang jurisdiction — Dengkil, Salak Tinggi, Sungai Pelek and Sepang.

Noor Halif said the first step had been taken in the awareness program.

“We conducted a gotong-royong session in September last year, at all wet markets under MPSepang.

“The condition of the market has improved immensely and bad odour is barely noticeable now,” he said in an interview with StarMetro.

He added that many of them had been conducting business for years and it was important to educate the traders.

“Hygiene was not important to the traders. It will take time to train them to clean up their stall once business hours are over, but so far, they are willing to maintain the cleanliness,” said Noor Halif.

He said MPSepang officers from the Health Department would conduct spot checks at the wet markets.

“The officers will make their rounds three times a week to see if the traders are maintaining the cleanliness,” he said.

He added that the council was currently upgrading the wet market in Dengkil and if the merit system proved to be successful, an office would be set up for the officers.

“We need officers to be at the wet markets so that they can monitor the traders’ activities,” said Noor Halif.

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