Enforcement at markets, bazaars stepped up

Mohd Rashidi (third from left) helping a food delivery rider wear his new safety vest. Looking on is JPJ Road Safety and Corporate Unit head Sasikumar Sathasivam (right).

SHAH Alam City Council (MBSA) will step up monitoring measures and enforcement presence at public markets and Aidilfitri bazaars, in view of the upcoming Hari Raya celebration and implementation of the movement control order.

“We expect more people to be at these places as they make preparations for Hari Raya, which is about a week away, ” said acting Shah Alam mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan.

“At the same time, the MCO will be in place.

“Our enforcement personnel will be redeployed to Aidilfitri bazaars and public markets now.

“We have about 200 enforcement officers on duty during this period to ensure traders and shoppers comply with the standard operating procedure.

“As the SOP is tightened during the MCO, we may increase the number of enforcement officers if necessary, ” he added.

Mohd Rashidi said enforcement had to be stepped up as people had been flocking to popular shopping spots in Shah Alam city centre and Section 7 to get clothes and biscuits for the upcoming celebration.

Six public markets under MBSA, he said, would also be sanitised daily.

They are in Section 6, Section 16, Section 25, Section U6, Section U19 and Section U20.

Shah Alam, which is in the Petaling district, is one of six districts in Selangor placed under MCO starting today until May 17.

Mohd Rashidi was speaking at a road safety campaign for food delivery riders held in preparation for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The campaign was organised by MBSA in collaboration with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the traffic branch of Shah Alam police district headquarters.

The event saw the distribution of safety vests, festive goodies and safety awareness pamphlets to about 300 food delivery riders at Wisma MBSA, Shah Alam.

“We are taking a different approach to our road safety campaign this year.

“The focus for this year’s campaign is on food delivery riders, as they face a higher risk of getting into accidents because of carelessness or ignoring safety aspects such as running a red light and riding above the speed limit, ” said Mohd Rashidi.

In previous years, he said, safety awareness pamphlets and helmets were distributed to motorcyclists and highway users as they returned to their hometowns for the festive season.

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