Temporary halt to outdoor markets and trading sites

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 17 Oct 2020

JOHOR BARU: All outdoor markets and trading sites within the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) and Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) jurisdictions have been ordered to temporarily cease operations in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

MBJB mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud ordered the temporary suspension of all morning and night markets, bazaars and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) markets effective from yesterday.

The decision came following a few identified cases of Covid-19 within the MBJB areas, he said, adding that such market activities would be closed until further notice.

The markets involved are all morning and night markets in the MBJB jurisdiction, Johor Baru Bazaar, Borneo (Sarawak) morning market in Taman Megah Ria and Taman Bayu Puteri Orang Asli seafood market.

All Fama markets in Jalan Padi Mahsuri 11 in Bandar Baru Uda, Jalan Datin Halimah in Larkin, Giant Plentong and Aeon Dato’ Onn are affected as well.

“All traders are urged to comply with MBJB’s instructions under Section 72 (1)(f) of the Local Authority Act 1976 (Act 171).

“MBJB will address the public accordingly if there are any further updates from the state government, ” he added.

MPPG president Zainor Adani also issued circulars informing traders about the temporary closure of markets in its municipality effective from Oct 12, due to Covid-19 cases detected in the Masai area.

This included all morning and night markets in Jalan Tasek 60 and Jalan Tasek 64 in Bandar Seri Alam, Jalan Sena, Sungai Masai, Jalan Jagung, Uptown Pasir Gudang and Masai, he said.

“We are taking precautionary measures to stop the activities for the time being, until another date which will be announced later, to avoid further spread of the virus.

“I ask all parties to cooperate and comply with the instructions, and refrain from trading during this period, ” he said.

Zainor added that failure to adhere to the directives would result in legal action being taken against the traders.

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