TRADERS in Ipoh are hoping for night markets to be allowed to operate again in order to sustain their livelihood.
Ipoh Morning and Night Market Association secretary Wong Kok Hoe said as night markets were currently not allowed to open, many traders have resorted to opening up roadside stalls to earn a living.
“The night markets are our bread and butter.
“A majority of the 200 members in our association depend solely on selling items at the night market,” he said after receiving food aid from Ipoh City Council at its headquarters.
Wong said the association had always reminded its members to follow the Covid-19 standard operating procedure.
“Everyone is just trying to make a living during this difficult time.
“It is hard to see them struggling but we understand that the closure of night markets was to help bring down Covid-19 cases,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malay Small Traders Association Perak branch president Suhaimi Derais said most of its members did not have much savings left.
“We can only wait for the order (on the closure) to be lifted.
“We are constantly seeking help for our members.
“We hope to get as much help as we can, especially for some of our members who have been severely affected,” he added.
Suhaimi said the food aid given out by the city council would help ease their burden in a small way.
“We are thankful to Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin and the city council for donating some groceries to 20 of our members.
“We hope that more agencies and private companies will help us,” he said.
Rumaizi said this would be the first time the city council had given food aid to night traders.
“We gave about 200 packs to traders and plan to give out more help as this is a difficult time for them,” he added.