Low turnout expected among PJ night market traders

NIGHT and weekend market traders in Petaling Jaya are cautious over reopening even though it is now allowed.

Persatuan SS2 Pasar Malam secretary Lee Peng Chen said only 30% might resume operations this week.

“About 10% of our traders are waiting to be inoculated with their second dose.

“However, we predict a smaller crowd due to the high number of daily cases.

“We need to ensure everything is in order, including obtaining information such as their digital certificate from traders.

“We are required to pledge that we will adhere to all the regulations set by the National Security Council (MKN)” he said.

Lee added that the SS2 night market used to have about 656 lots prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But now, he estimated, less than half would open over the coming weeks.

Jesmond Lee from Persatuan Pasar Malam SS3 also thinks that only 40% of traders would start operating this week.

“Rela personnel will continue to be present to advise the public to follow the rules such as scan their MySejahtera app, show their digital certificate, wear their mask and not eat at the night market,” he said.

Jesmond hopes both traders and customers will follow the rules.

“We do not want a situation where people become lax just because they are vaccinated,” he said.

Prior to the pandemic, the SS3 night market had about 300 stalls, but now Jesmond expects only 60 will be trading.

Vegetable sellers used to take up five lots but now they would be given a maximum of two.

“We are required to scale down the business to ensure there is enough spacing to enable better crowd control,” he said.

A Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) spokesperson from the licensing department said there were about 28 night market and weekend market spots in the city.

Only 17 have responded with the required feedback.

“We asked them to sign the ‘Aku Janji’ (pledge) form that they will follow all the MKN rules.

“This includes limiting the number of visitors and operating at half capacity.

“They can decide among themselves on how they will do this,” said the spokesperson.

Children below 12 are not allowed into these markets.

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