PETALING JAYA: Shopping mall operators nationwide should put in more effort in addressing the dangers associated with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), says social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).
The Alliance For A Safe Community chairman said while the government, especially the Health Ministry, has done an exemplary job in facing the spread of the virus, the private sector, especially mall operators, should play their part as well.
"I feel that mall operators should do more to help shoppers to cope with the present situation.
"They have not done enough, thus this is the time to act now," he said when contacted on Sunday (Feb 9).
Lee called on mall operators to provide sufficient hand sanitisers placed at strategic locations.
"This is important so that shoppers can practise good hygienic practices.
"Furthermore, soap dispensers in mall toilets must always be filled. I have been to such toilets and discover that it is often empty," he said, adding that frequent checks by the cleaners on the dispensers is important.
The hand railing on escalators and buttons in elevators should also be wiped with disinfectant, he added.
"Such facilities should be regularly disinfected.
"The safety of shoppers should be the priority of mall operators," Lee said.
Lee also urged mall operators to do their part further by giving away face masks for their patrons.
"They should also install more signage in strategic locations to advise people to be hygienic and protect themselves.
"Such efforts can be part of their social corporate responsibility," Lee said.
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