THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will introduce a new system to help control crowds and ensure the Covid-19 standard operating procedure is strictly followed at Ramadan bazaars this year.
The headcount system using an infra-red method will be used at two Ramadan bazaars, namely SS6/1 in Kelana Jaya and Section 4, Kota Damansara.
Mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Amir said the two locations were picked because they had the most visitors last year, with 38,887 people visiting the SS6/1 location and 29,187 at Kota Damansara.
He said the infra-red headcount system would be able to ensure that the number of customers at each stall would not exceed two at a time.
There will also be a digital dashboard to show the number of visitors and SOP information.
Azhan was speaking at the launch of the Petaling Jaya Strategic Plan for the Development of Entrepreneurs 2021-2030 and balloting of Ramadan stall lots event at Dewan Sivik MBPJ.
In addition, Mohamad Azhan said MBPJ would appoint Rela members to control the number of visitors and ensure SOP compliance at each Ramadan bazaar this year.
The city council has provided 20 Ramadan bazaars, with as many as 766 stall lots available for rent.
However, only 611 applications were received.
Four stalls at each location are being offered to the B40 group for free.
However, hawkers need to apply for the stalls and it is subject to the city council’s approval.
To reduce the use of disposable containers and plastic bags, MBPJ said it would provide a RM15 vouchers to visitors who bring their own food containers.
All Ramadan bazaars around Petaling Jaya will operate from April 3 to May 2, from 4pm to 7pm.
Meanwhile, MBPJ’s entrepreneur development strategic plan from 2021 to 2030 aims to help micro-entrepreneurs move forward and embrace digital technology.
The city council has focused on four key strategies – improving infrastructure and placements of entrepreneurs; developing human capital entrepreneurs; strengthening the economy of resilient entrepreneurs; and strengthening the efficiency of service delivery systems for institutional and entrepreneurial effectiveness.
Azhan said the city council has designed and organised free entrepreneurship courses for micro-entrepreneurs and those in the B40 group.