Detailed cleaning set for wet markets

PASAR Besar Meru in Klang, the town’s biggest market, and three others will be closed on selected days between Sept 13 and 30 to facilitate cleaning 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 section, must be washed and disinfected regularly as the market has a large 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.

“It is a measure that needs to be taken against the infectious Covid-19 disease and to make public markets safer,” he said.

He added that daily washing and sanitisation would be carried out according to Health Ministry regulations.

Azhar said having the markets sanitised to the specifications of Klang District Health Department reduced germs on a surface to safe levels and this was done with commercial sanitising products such as chlorine bleach mixed with water.

“Twice a month, we disinfect the surfaces with a stronger solution as part of disinfection works,” he said.

He advised traders and their helpers to always wear face masks properly.

Wet market unit head Mohd Shukri Abd Majid said enforcement officers would continue to ensure physical distancing was practised at all wet markets.

“We conduct checks at all four markets in the municipality to ensure traders follow the standard operating procedures,” he said.

If 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,” he added.

Mohd Shukri’s team makes several rounds to the wholesale section, which is currently operating under a tent outside the market building in Jalan Meru, and the other three markets daily.

Klang Meru Market Traders Association president Ng Soo Keong said the disinfection exercise was much needed and all traders were advised to practise a high standard of hygiene.

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