Shower for safer shopping


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

Market-goers queueing up to get their hands sanitised before entering the Batu Lanchang market.

MARKET-goers in Balik Pulau, Penang, can now get a quick full-body sanitisation through a mobile disinfection chamber at their morning market.

The chamber, funded by a newly launched NGO, Penang Rural Industry Entrepreneur Organisation (RIEO), sprays a mist of disinfectant over anyone who steps into it.

RIEO secretary-general John Ooh Sin Hwa (pic) said the chamber operates automatically, with sensors to activate it when someone walks in.

Ooh said as of Wednesday, they had used over 1.5 litres of concentrated disinfectant, diluted by 50 to 100 times.

“We assure the public that the disinfectant spray is safe. We hope to develop more chambers to be placed in public areas.

“But one of the greatest challenges we have is to get materials to build them as many shops are not open now.

“Our chamber at Balik Pulau market has enough disinfectant concentrate to last another 13 days, ” he said.

Ooh said the chamber, built in three days by RIEO, was believed to be the first of its kind in Penang.

“We hope that the chamber will contribute to keeping people sanitised when they are outside getting their necessities, ” he said, adding that RIEO was raising funds from the public to set up more of such chambers.

Meanwhile, a check around the island showed that market- goers elsewhere are toeing the line and observing social distancing precautions.

At the Batu Lanchang market, Penang Island City Council staff frequently sanitise the market staircase handrails and everyone entering the market gets a squirt of hand sanitiser before entering.

Supplies of everything from fresh fish to fruits are evidently plentiful, while most pharmacies visited are still short on face masks.

The roadblock at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway remains jammed for much of the day.

Commuters from George Town wanting to head to Bayan Lepas and other areas in the south of the island are advised to use the Gelugor and Batu Uban way along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

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