ALL traders and workers in public markets under the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) must undergo Covid-19 tests.
MPS corporate department director Mohamad Zin Masoad said the initiative was a precautionary measure to prevent the disease from spreading undetected, especially among foreign workers, and to ensure the safety of customers.
“The first screening was conducted in Pasar Awam Selayang Baru on May 8, where a total 421 people were screened in Dewan Seroja, Kampung Bendahara, from 9am until noon.
“The next screenings will be done on tenants and workers in Pasar Awam Moden Rawang on May 13; Pasar Awam Moden Sri Gombak and Pasar Awam Moden Taman Ehsan on May 15, and Pasar Awam Bandar Country Homes and Pasar Awan Batu Arang on May 19.
“Besides screening, MPS has also been carrying out disinfection activities in the markets periodically since March 18.
"Each trader was also given a disinfection solution to clean their lots at the end of their business day.
“MPS officers are also stationed at every market to take the body temperature of all market traders, workers and customers, and to make sure their hands are clean before they engage in buying and selling activities.
“Only one entrance would be open to control the number of visitors in the market, and markers on the ground ensured social distancing was observed, ” he said in a statement Monday (May 11).
“We hope the steps taken will help the government contain the Covid-19 outbreak and hope the people will abide by the conditional movement control (MCO) order and observe social distancing, as well as good personal hygiene, especially in markets, ” he added.
For more information or to complain, contact the MPS special operations room on 03-61389898 or 1800-222-677, or visit www.mps.gov.my.