All four Klang wet markets to close in stages from Feb 8 for sanitisation

Azhar says regular sanitisation of wet markets in Klang is necessary for customers’ safety.

PASAR Besar Meru and three smaller wet markets in Klang will be closed on specified days between Feb 8 and 25 to facilitate cleaning and sanitisation works.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Licensing and Hawkers Department director Azhar Samsudin said works would be coordinated by the council’s Wet Market Unit (see graphic).

“Pasar Besar Meru, which has a wholesale section and daily market, must be washed and sanitised regularly.

“Other markets under MPK’s purview, namely Pasar Baru Pekan Kapar, Pasar Besar Pelabuhan Klang and Pasar Pandamaran, will also be sanitised, ” he said, adding that it was necessary so that customers would have confidence in visiting these wet markets.

Azhar warned traders and their helpers to wear face masks properly at all times.

Wet Market Unit head Mohd Shukri Abd Majid said enforcement would continue to ensure physical distancing was practised at all markets in the municipality.

“We conduct checks at all four wet markets to ensure traders follow the standard operating procedures.”

He said if wet markets were to close for an extended period, it would have a significant economic impact.

“Our job is challenging but we need to enforce good practices and ensure all traders toe the line for a high standard of hygiene, ” he added.

Mohd Shukri’s team makes several rounds to the wholesale section which is currently operating under a tent, the daily market at Jalan Meru and the other wet markets from 4.30am until 3pm every day. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA

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