Market traders comply with limited business hours


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

MBKT personnel patrolling Gong Pauh Wholesale Market to ensure traders abide by the regulations put in place to fight Covid-19. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: Despite the pressures of operating within a shorter period of time following the movement control order (MCO), traders at the Gong Pauh Wholesale Market here appear to be in compliance with the directive issued by the authorities.

Kuala Terengganu City Council (MBKT) had ordered wholesale markets to operate only from 3am to 9am.

A check at the wholesale market in Kuala Terengganu found traders packing up and cleaning their business premises from as early as 8.30am, and all completely closed by 9am.

MBKT enforcement officers also patrol the market to ensure traders comply with the instructions.

The public and traders were seen complying with other Covid-19 outbreak preventive measures such as wearing face masks and gloves.

Meanwhile, some traders were seen offering their items at cheaper prices before closing for the day.

Fishmonger Rahmat Wahab, 59, said he was offering lower prices for his supply of fish and squid, as they might go bad if left unsold.

“The market usually closes between 10 and 11am, but now we have to close by 9am. There is a lot of fish yet to be sold so I am offering them at a cheaper price.

“Even yesterday, several kilogrammes of squid went unsold so I just gave them out to the public. It is better to give away than have them go bad,” he said.

Meanwhile, fruitseller Norlida Razali, 42, said it was the responsibility of traders to comply with the directive to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

“Sales has definitely dropped since the order was issued but that is alright because it is only temporary. Instead of us losing much more in the future due to the outbreak, it is better to lose a little now,” she said.

MBKT has also ordered all supermarkets (groceries only), markets, pharmacies and convenience stores as well as premises providing important government services, to only operate from 7am to 6pm, while all clinics are only allowed to operate from 7am to 9.30pm.

At major supermarkets in Kuala Terengganu, the public were seen complying with the rule of only having the head of the family or one representative come out to buy essential items.

Rohayati Deraman, 45, said this was a good decision that could reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

“If there is a need to buy something or other important errand, only my husband or I will go out and the children stay at home,” said the mother of six. —Bernama

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