MELAKA: Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) warns that it will not hesitate to close down the crowded Bachang wet market (pic from MBMB FB page) here if there is a failure to comply with Covid-19 standard operation procedure (SOP).
The mayor Datuk Zainal Abu said he would also instruct his officers to shut down the operation of any other premises under the purview of the council if they did not observe the SOP.
“I have personally told Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali that MBMB needs to strictly impose the SOP in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.
“On MBMB’s side, we will no longer tolerate the violation, including by closing the wet market if the situation warrants, ” he said when met after he launched the council's advanced pump operation monitoring system (SPOP) at a hotel here on Friday (Oct 23).
Apart from the wet market, MBMB also oversees the operation of food courts and bazaars under its jurisdictions.
Zainal said he was aware that those tasked with maintaining the SOP at the wet market were lax in controlling the number of marker-goers as well as in carrying out temperature checks.
“A lackadaisical attitude in ensuring a strict SOP at public areas will eventually put market-goers and patrons (of food courts) at risk, ” he said.
On the SPOP, Zainal said two station have been set up in to monitor flash floods, as well as to provide real-time data on faulty pumps, the water level in Sungai Melaka as well as the air quality.
He said the system using the Internet of Thing (IoT) to minimise damages from flash floods through early detection.
The system was developed jointly by MBMB, Intel Microelectronic from Penang and TNB Research, he said.
He said the two SPOP currently in operation were located in Bunga Raya Pantai and As-Syakirin in Pulau Melaka.
“The two SPOP were developed at the cost of RM50,000 each in 2017, and MBMB will set up four more within our jurisdiction by 2022, ” he added.
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