PJ authorities disperse huge crowd at Section 17 market

PETALING JAYA (March 20): Authorities dispersed a huge crowd of people at a wet market in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, this morning, Malaysiakini reported today.

The report quoted PJ district police chief Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal saying the high number of activities taking place in the market was noticed by a police team during a routine check at about 9am.

The number of people continued to grow until reaching about 100 at one time. However, no small children were spotted.

"After receiving a report on this, police contacted the PJ Municipal Council and was informed that the market was gazetted as a public market (pasar awam). We then informed MOH (Ministry of Health) and dispatched our personnel there to advise the public on the risk of contracting COVID-19 in large crowds, and asked them to disperse," he told Malaysiakini.

He added the public was very cooperative, and the authorities only took about 15 minutes to get them to disperse.

According to Malaysiakini, Ezanee said the huge number of people might have been caused by some members of the public not really understanding the risk of infection.

He said the National Security Council allowed public markets and groceries to continue operating during the 14-day movement control order (MCO) to curb the spread of COVID-19 but the gathering of a high number of people at one time is risky.

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