Traders want Jinjang Utara outdoor market to reopen

The empty outdoor section of Jinjang Utara morning market has been closed since early June.

TRADERS at the outdoor section of Jinjang Utara morning market in Kepong are urging the authorities to allow them to resume operations.

The section was ordered to close by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in early June in line with Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.

Vegetable seller Lim Peck Har, 48, who took over the business from her mother-in-law, said she was unable to pay the salary of her two workers.

“We have been closed for almost a month now.

“How are we going to earn an income to support ourselves?

“The authorities should work with Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) to enforce a strict standard operating procedure so that we can open for business,” she said.

Chicken seller Liaw Kim Chin, 75, said it was unfair that only traders in the outdoor section were ordered to cease operations while indoor traders could continue.

“We are also valid licence holders.

“If DBKL wants the market to close, they should be fair and order all stalls to close,” he said.

Fishmonger Yap Pooi Hwee, 37, hoped the authorities would be considerate as traders had financial commitments.

“We closed for two weeks when the lockdown was first announced.

“But the closure continued after the lockdown was extended.

“We cannot go on without an income indefinitely,” said the father of one.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said he had brought up the matter to Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Annuar said the section could reopen after the country entered Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, said Yee.

The second phase will start when the country records less than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, with 10% of the population having been vaccinated.

Yee said the prolonged closure of outdoor markets, involving some 700 traders in Jinjang Utara, Jinjang Selatan and Kepong Baru, would cause them financial hardship.

“We cannot wait until we enter the second recovery phase, as the daily infection figures are not showing signs of decreasing,” he said.

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