A TOTAL of 13 morning and night markets, including a street bazaar, have been approved by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to resume operations during this recovery movement control order (MCO) period.
The reopened markets are located in seven parliamentary constituencies, namely Kepong, Batu, Wangsa Maju, Setiawangsa, Seputeh, Cheras and Lembah Pantai.
Following Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement that open-air
markets were allowed to open, DBKL drew up standard operating procedures (SOP).
Approved markets were allowed to open starting June 15.
To obtain approval, hawkers and traders associations must submit to DBKL their proposals on the operational details for the respective markets.
Some of the SOP criteria require traders to open in batches, standardise the stalls size, create one-way traffic for visitors and conduct temperature screening at the entryway.
To create more space for traders, Kepong Hawkers and Petty Traders Association is planning a food and lifestyle night bazaar in Taman Sri Sinar, Kuala Lumpur.
Association vice-chairman Deric Teh said the initiative was to create an avenue for night market traders to operate after three months of closure.
“There are more than 10 night markets in Kepong and Segambut but due to the location of these night markets, which are mostly in front of shoplots, it is difficult for traders to adhere to DBKL’s SOP.
“So, we are looking for a new location that will allow us to better manage the crowd and traders to ensure they follow the SOP strictly, ” he explained.
“We are still in the midst of gathering interested traders.
“We hope to get permit for the bazaar to operate every Friday night starting July, ” added Teh.
Meanwhile, business is slowly but surely picking up at Bazaria Wangsa Maju in Setapak since traders were granted approval by DBKL to resume operations.
Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew said the 500 traders at the bazaar were operating in batches and on alternate days.
“The traders have to take turns resuming business, to fulfil social distancing requirements set by the government.
“The layout of stalls has also been rearranged.
“As it is a contained area, it is easier to manage the entry and exit points as well as ensure compliance with the SOP, ” she said, adding that there had been a steady increase in visitors since the bazaar resumed business on June 16.
Tan said mandatory temperature checks and registration of visitors were in place, while customers were urged to wear face masks.
“Due to the long closure, some of the tents used by the traders have been damaged, so traders are hoping that DBKL will be able to provide them with sturdier materials such as a steel framework and zinc roofing.
“I have forwarded those suggestions to DBKL and hopefully they will be considered, ” she said.
The bazaar opens from 5pm to 11pm.
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