Ng: Market traders, shoppers like new normal

Ng advises traders to follow the SOP to remain open for business.

THE new normal at Pasar Pagi Wawasan in Puchong is a win-win situation for both hawkers and shoppers.

Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said based on public feedback, people were happy with the current situation as it was more orderly.

Hawkers, too, said it was easier for customers to shop as it was not too crowded, he said.

Ng said all markets in Puchong had reopened.

“We have to adapt to the new normal. The current standard operating procedures (SOP) is not perfect but it is the best we can do at the moment,” he said, hoping for hawkers in other areas to also cooperate with local councils to resume operations.

“If people do not follow the SOP and the situation goes out of hand, councils will close the market,” he said during his visit to the market after checking whether the necessary SOP was adhered to at the nearby Bukit Wawasan hiking trail.

Ng urged the public to follow the Selangor government’s concept of “BELI”, which promotes queueing up, practising social distancing, paying via e-wallets, speeding up the shopping process and registering on the Selangkah contact tracing system.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) Zone 16 councillor George Yap visits markets in his zone daily at 6am.

He said the Trader Coordinator and Action Committee (J3P), formed by the council, would scan the temperature of market-goers at the entrance.

“Hawkers take turns on alternate days, with 80 hawkers operating per day.

“They also pay RM60 per month to hire Rela members to monitor the situation and check if those trading at the market are licensed,” he said.

Illegal hawkers are not allowed to sell goods at the market.

“There is one entrance and two exits. The layout of stalls is designed for the convenience of customers.

“The lighter products such as vegetables are located at the front while goods like meat are placed further inside so that customers do not have to lug around heavy groceries from the start,” he said.

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