Call for more time to trade

Jagdeep (centre) visiting the Perak Road market. With him are (from left) Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong (in light green) and George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong.

TRADERS at the Perak Road Market in Penang are appealing to the Federal Government to review the new daily business hours for markets.

Penang local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the current shorter operating hours had caused the traders difficulties.

“They request that the opening time be brought earlier to 6am from the current 8am, ” Jagdeep said at a press conference held at the market on Thursday.

On a separate matter, Jagdeep urged everyone to strictly abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP).

“We have to work together to bring down the number of cases.

“The state and local authorities have to be firm. Stern action will be taken against those who disregard the SOP.

“We hope that more people will register for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“The percentage of those who have been vaccinated is still low, ” he said.

Later, Jagdeep distributed face masks to the market traders.

On Friday, the Government announced a two-week total lockdown for all social and economic sectors in the country.

Only sectors providing essential services are allowed to operate.

This followed a recent spike of cases.

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