Sea Park and Jalan Othman markets remain closed

Pasar Jalan Othman in Petaling Jaya, also known as PJ Old Town market, will be closed indefinitely until the authorities are convinced it is safe to be opened.

THE Sea Park wet market management must plan proper social distancing and clean up the market if they want the closure notice to be lifted.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said the privately managed market had yet to fulfil these criteria that resulted in the closure of the market since April 29.

“My officers visited the market on Sunday and it had still not reached a satisfactory level. It is entirely up to them to come up with the plan and we will then reinspect the premises,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lim Yi Wei said the market needed to appoint a uniformed body such as Rela to control the crowd.

“There must be personnel stationed both inside and outside the market to control the crowd.

“It is impossible for the traders to manage the business and the crowd at the same time.

“They must also have only one entrance and exit to the market and provide hand sanitiser for the visitors,” she said.

She added that the council had visited the market three times for inspection during the movement control order (MCO) period due to numerous public complaints.

A check by StarMetro yesterday found the traders cleaning the market.

Social distancing markings painted in yellow were visible outside the market along the walkways.

Yesterday was also the last day for 1,500 traders from Pasar Jalan Othman to undergo screening and test for Covid-19 at the government health clinics, said Mohd Sayuthi.

The wet market will remain closed until the authorities are certain it is safe to be opened.

When StarMetro visited yesterday, the market was sealed off with security tape to prevent the public from entering the premises.

Pasar Jalan Othman was shut down after four people from the market tested positive for Covid-19. The results were based on the test carried out at the market on April 29 for some of the 151 traders, council workers and cleaners there.

The first case detected at this market was a fishmonger in the middle of last month.

Pasar Taman Megah in SS24 was also closed yesterday as traders underwent a second round of Covid-19 test.

“The results came back negative for all traders who were tested last week. They went for another round of tests yesterday,” said Mohd Sayuthi.

Bandar Utama assemblyman Jamaliah Jamaluddin said the Taman Megah wet market was open on May 3 after having been closed since mid-April due to a Covid-19 positive case.

“Only five stalls were open on Sunday because most of the traders did not have goods to sell since they were told only at the last minute that they could operate.

“They are usually closed for business on Mondays. I think by Tuesday, more traders would be back,” she said.
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