THE Klang Municipal Council (MPK) will tighten the standard operating procedures (SOP) for morning market (pasar pagi) and night market (pasar malam) trading sites, says council president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin.
He said that this is due to feedback from customers at the markets who have reported that there are people flouting the SOP, adding that Hawkers Department and Health Department officers would revisit the current SOP and conduct stringent enforcement.
“Both departments must conduct spot checks from time to time to remind traders and shoppers about the SOP. This would reinforce a change in people’s behaviour that is much needed, as some take things for granted," said Dr Ahmad Fadzli.
He also said that the MPK Corporate Communications Department had come out with a simple set of questions on Friday (March 12) to get feedback from the public.
Dr Ahmad Fadzli added that the survey will end on March 26 and the first 100 who answer the six questions with a comment stand a chance to get a gift.
“Our aim is improving the MPK with people-powered data. The questions might be simple but the council can learn from the input and at the same time there is a comment box that allows people to share their views, ” said Dr Ahmad Fadzli.
People who want to give feedback can do so at MPK’s "Majlis Perbandaran Klang" Facebook page.
The MPK has 58 night markets and 14 morning markets in the Klang district, operating on different days of the week.
Similarly, MPK Licensing and Hawkers director Azhar Samsudin said the markets were allowed to operate under a strict SOP as the aim is to keep traders and customers safe.
“Measures for these areas include separate entrances and exits, a guided walk path, controlled number of people at any given time and enforcement officers or Rela personnel stationed on-site, ” he said.
Dr Ahmad Fadzli said that all visitors to these markets should wear face masks, practise social distancing and wash their hands upon getting home from the markets.
“Night and morning market traders are also not allowed to employ foreigners and if this happens our council would revoke their trading license, ” he warned.
One of the common concerns from the public shared in the comment box is that some
shoppers and traders at the markets used their mask but kept it below the nose or at the chin level.
Meanwhile, MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said people have made calls to the council wanting MPK enforcement staff to be stationed at Taman Eng Ann daily morning market and the Jalan Mengkuang night market.
She said that this is due to the need to monitor adherence to the SOP.