DBKL sets up temporary wet market in EMCO area


Strict social distancing is observed at the temporary market in Taman Sri Murni that is currently under enhanced MCO. — Photo courtesy of DBKL

A TEMPORARY wet market has been set up in Taman Sri Murni, Kuala Lumpur for residents affected by the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in Selayang.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the daily market was set up by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to allow residents to supplement their groceries in addition to those being provided by the Welfare Department.

“We want to provide better service to those under the enhanced order and to ensure uninterrupted food supply, ” he said.

The market will take place at zones E1, E2 and E3, including the Sri Murni flats, of which 30% residents are Malaysians.

Social distancing is strictly observed with officers controlling the movement of people.

Dry goods are pre-packed to avoid cross contamination.

Fresh produce like vegetables, fish and chicken as well as dry goods are also available for purchase.

In her Facebook post, a resident named Nurul Anis said her neighbours complained that prices of the produce were expensive.

“I hope the traders will follow the market price. We are already in a dire situation as we do not have any other options, ” she wrote.

Another resident Menaga Muneynty hoped there would be an option for residents to pay online as they did not have enough cash in hand.

“There are no ATM machines available so it would be difficult for us to pay for the items, ” she said.

On the high price of goods, Nor Hisham said officers from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had visited the temporary market and would check the pricing of the items.

He added that he would look into the cashless option suggestion.

The market is open from 8am to noon and will be available until May 3.

On April 20, the government announced that the enhanced MCO would be enforced in Selayang April 20 to May 3.

The eight parcels affected include Jalan 6/3A, Jalan 9/3A, Jalan 2/3A of Pusat Bandar Utara, Kuala Lumpur, as well as Taman Batu View, Taman Batu Hampar, and Taman Sri Murni Phase 1,2 and 3.

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