Rohingya given leeway to work at Meru market until April

Rohingya refugees will fill the labour gap until traders can get enough locals to do the manual work at Pasar Besar Meru in Klang. — SS KANESAN/The Star

ROHINGYA holding United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards can work at Pasar Besar Meru until the end of April.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Hawker and Market Management Department director Azhar Samsudin said traders at the wet market found it difficult to operate without foreign workers.

“Pasar Besar Meru Traders Association had appealed to MPK to allow the Rohingya to fill the labour gap until the association could get enough locals to do the manual work.

“Although foreign workers are barred from wet markets because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the council had obtained approval for these refugees to continue working at Pasar Besar Meru until April, ” he added.

Azhar said each trader was allowed to employ two workers with standard operating procedures in place.

During a recent visit, StarMetro saw the foreigners loading and unloading goods as well as cleaning the stalls after closing time.

Azhar said allowing the refugees to work benefits local businesses, and at the same time gives the refugees a chance to earn some money to support themselves.

“I understand that most of them will be in Malaysia for a short period while waiting to get their applications to go to a third country approved, ” he said.

He added that the National Security Council had carried out two Covid-19 screenings for the

refugees working at Pasar Besar Meru, which is Klang’s largest wet market. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA

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