FT Ministry drawing up proposal for traders to resume businesses

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  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will propose a standard operating procedure for traders to resume operations to the National Security Council, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).

The Federal Territories Minister said he would present the proposal on how traders – including those who operate in daily open markets – can resume business, in a meeting this Saturday (June 7).

"The proposal is ready but the people cannot expect things to return to the old ways.

"They need to cooperate and maintain a high level of cleanliness because it has been proven that diseases spread at dirty places. So, before an area can be opened for business, it has to be cleaned.

"In the next two weeks, DBKL should set a budget to clean up over 70 such areas.

“Among other works, DBKL should also fix potholes, resurface roads, repair road kerbs and clean drains.

"DBKL will be arranging the placement of the stalls to avoid crowding. Canopies and tables must be cleaned too.

"All open markets must be manned by five to 10 DBKL officers to ensure the SOP is followed," he said in an online press conference on Wednesday (June 7).

Annuar also said the ministry was taking a softer approach with traders operating without a licence as many had lost their jobs and source of income due to the Covid-19 outbreak and were trying to make ends meet.

"We should encourage those who are willing to work for money. The ministry is willing to help those who want to help themselves.

“Our worry is only for those not willing to work and giving up job opportunities to foreigners.

"I am in no way encouraging people to operate businesses without a licence, but the licencing department should try to help them get the necessary documentation instead of taking punitive measures," he said.

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