Looking forward to return of shoppers

MYMedic@Wilayah Vaccination Trucks parked in front of Sogo Complex to inoculate workers of businesses in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Masjid India. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

BUSINESSES in the shopping enclaves of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) and Masjid India hope to see a resurgence of interest in shopping now that their workforce is being vaccinated.

About 1,000 people from various businesses received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine through the MYMedic@Wilayah Vaccination Truck initiative by Federal Territories Ministry.

The vaccination programme was carried out in front of Sogo Complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Batu Road Retailers Association (Barra) president Datuk Andrew Lim Tatt Keong said the objective of the exercise was to speed up vaccination of workers in the essential and non-essential sectors in the area.

“We hope we will soon be allowed to operate with minimal restrictions but strict standard operating procedure in place,” he said in a statement.

Lim said while they had 1,000 workers who registered this time, it was important that the remaining 8,000 to 10,000 people from businesses along Jalan TAR and Masjid India be fully vaccinated.

He said that under phase one of the programme, Barra with the support of its anchor member KL Sogo aimed to be the first standalone department store in Kuala Lumpur to have all their workers fully vaccinated.

“KL Sogo offered to host the venue and we appreciate the management’s support and assistance in this vaccination programme,” he said.

Lim said Barra, together with the Masjid India Business Association (Miba), would work with the ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to ensure that the shopping district achieved the target of getting 75% of its workforce vaccinated by the middle of next month.

“We and the associations representing traders and businesses in Jalan TAR and Masjid India are optimistic about the National Recovery Plan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Miba president Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin hoped the vaccination exercise would include walk-ins from other communities in Masjid India and Jalan TAR.

“There are immigrants and other vulnerable groups here who should be able to utilise this service to get vaccinated.”

He said businesses were badly hit after Malayan Mansion and Selangor Mansion were placed under the enhanced movement control order in April last year.

“We have yet to recover and the lockdowns that followed have not helped.

“Hopefully, this will increase shoppers’ confidence to come to the area,” he said.

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