KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 20): The Kuala Lumpur wholesale market, popularly known as Pasar Borong KL will be closed for four days from tomorrow owing to Covid-19 infections.

Yesterday, The Star reported that up to 118 positive cases have been detected, resulting in the market’s fish section being closed since Monday (Jan 18).

The Malaysian Insight reported today that more than 2,000 vendors and workers at the market have been screened, with half of them still waiting their results.

Vegetable wholesalers told the news portal the closure of the market will result in an “expected increase” of prices of vegetables. They added that “the current prices are already high due to the monsoon season”.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Vegetable Wholesalers Association president Wong Keng Fatt said that “he is not optimistic about the situation in the near future”.

He explained to the news portal that while “the closure was only for three days but businesses are generally closed on Sundays, thus extending the closure of the market to four days”.

Wong added that based on “his experience” when the market was shuttered in May last year, “the local supermarkets and hypermarkets will adjust their prices accordingly”.

“There may be markets and supermarkets that will dominate the sale of vegetables, but the prices will definitely go up.”

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