A NEW practice introduced at the SS2 morning market in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, has customers hot and bothered.
Visitors are required to pay RM1 for a laminated card, which bears a number, to enter the market.
When leaving the market, they must return the card to get back their deposit.
Housewife Teresa Lim said the market management should come up with a better system to keep track of people entering and leaving the market.
“The card is usually wet and I do not feel comfortable holding it.
“I worry it is not sanitised after each use,” she said.
There are two entrance and exit points at the market and someone is on duty at both ends to collect the money and give out the cards.
Another visitor, Joshua Chen, echoed Lim’s sentiments and said there should be a system that did not require an item changing hands repeatedly.
SS2 Petaling Jaya Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Leng Chin Huat said it was advised by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to implement a system to keep track of the number of visitors.
“Only 150 customers are allowed into the market at any one time.
“When we gave out the cards for free, the public did not return them to us.
“So we came up with the deposit system to ensure they return the cards.
“Each card costs about 80sen.
“The first time, I made 400 cards and 200 went missing,” said Leng.
He added that the Sungai Way and Section 17 markets also practised a similar system.
An MBPJ spokesperson said traders should use other methods to keep tabs on the number of people entering the market.