PASAR Besar Meru in Klang, the town’s biggest wet and dry market, will be closed on selected days between July 5 and 20 to facilitate washing and disinfection works.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Licensing and Hawkers Department director Azhar Samsudin said disinfection works would be coordinated by the council’s wet market unit.
“Pasar Besar Meru, which has a wholesale section and daily market, must be washed and disinfected on a regular schedule as the market sees a sizeable number of customers and traders daily,” he said.
Other markets under MPK’s purview, namely Pasar Kapar, Pasar Port Klang and Pasar Pandamaran, would also be disinfected, he said.
He added that it was necessary to instil confidence in people who shop at the wet markets.
Azhar advised traders and their helpers to wear face masks properly at all times.
Wet market unit head Mohd Shukri Abd Majid said enforcement officers 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 procedure,” he said.
If wet markets were to close for an extended period, he said 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 to have 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, at the daily market in Jalan Meru as well as to the other wet markets every day.
“Each wet market is disinfected and thoroughly cleaned twice a month.
“It is a measure that needs to be taken against Covid-19 and to make public markets safer for all,” he said, adding that sanitisation was carried out according to Health Ministry regulations.
Mohd Shukri said sanitisation to the specifications of the Klang District Health Department was done with commercial products.
“Twice a month, we disinfect the surfaces with a stronger solution as part of disinfection works,” he added.
Klang Meru Market Traders Association president Ng Soo Keong said the disinfection exercise was much needed and all traders were advised to keep a high standard of hygiene to reassure customers.