Four-day closure of KL wholesale market is for sanitisation exercise

PUTRAJAYA (April 22): The four-day closure of the Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur wholesale market) in Selayang, which begins yesterday, is to pave the way for sanitisation exercise, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the exercise is to ensure traders, wholesalers, and customers are not infected with the Covid-19 virus while in the area.

“The closure is not 14 days as those under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas, but only for four days so that we can carry out disinfection operation,” he told a news conference after attending the National Security Council (MKN) meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here yesterday.

He also said that there would not be any shortages of perishable goods following the closure of the market as members of the public can still get their supply at nearby wet markets.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri reminded members of the media to always adhere to recommendations and advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH) when carrying out their duties in the areas under the EMCO.

“If the MOH said (you) need to be at a distance of 300m, then you must be at 300m away. We want to ensure your health. We all love media practitioners,” he said.

Ismail Sabri was responding to unhappiness expressed by some members of the media after they were ordered to remain between 200m and 300m away from the area while covering news events.

To another question on allegations that workers were forced by their employers to take a six-month unpaid leave, Ismail Sabri said he would raise the issue with the Ministry of Human Resources and to look at relevant laws.

Meanwhile, he called on Ramadan bazaar organisers to refund the deposit to traders as no Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate this year.

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