Lo to hawkers under MPP jurisdiction: Follow SOPs or risk closure

Lo (second right tile, top) together with MPP deputy chairman Dato Ahmad Ibrahim (left tile, top) and others speaking to the reporters and council members during a press conference held via Zoom today.

KUCHING, May 27: All hawkers and stall operators under Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) jurisdiction are urged to ensure visitors are properly registered before they enter their premises, including following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set in order to avoid a Covid-19 outbreak.

According to MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang, it is a must for everybody to use the MySejahtera app to register themselves or record their particulars in the registration book provided, and the hawkers and stall operators must also prepare a different registration book to record the attendance of visitors.

“I am proud to say that there are no Covid-19 cases recorded so far (in MPP hawkers centers), but I would like to remind our hawkers to ensure that there are no cases in the future because if there is a case, the hawker center will have to close. It is as simple as that,” said Lo during a press conference held online via Zoom, today.

Lo disclosed that most of the fines issued by the council involved individuals who failed to register themselves properly via the MySejahtera app or with the registration book provided.

“Basically there are a lot of individuals who get fined by the council for not checking-in properly. So I would like to advise every traders and stalls operators to keep a proper record in order to avoid being fined,” he added.

Meanwhile, during the press conference, Lo also revealed 13 Covid-19 SOPs for the market and hawkers center under MPP jurisdiction.

He said among the listed SOPs is that every stall must be spaed two-meters apart from each other for physical distancing purposes, as well as having only one entrance and one exit for hawker center manned by the operators during the operation hours.

“This includes ensuring that all stall holders, workers and clients check-in with their MySejahtera app before entering the hawker center, as well as manually record their names, telephone number, date and temperature of the stall holders, workers and clients who do not have the MySejahtera app before entering the hawker center,” he said.

Lo also reminded the public to contact the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) hotline at 016-2391111, to make any complaints should they observe any violations of the SOPs.

Among other SOPs listed for the market and hawker centers are taking and recording body temperature of their workers and stall holders, including clients, prohibiting entry to those with body temperature above 37.5C and with ‘sick’ symptoms such as cough or flu, discouraging entry for children aged below 12-year old, providing alcohol-based hand sanitisers, ensuring their members wear facemask during operation hours, ensuring clients wear their facemask when patronising the center, and using Sodium Hypochlorite as recommended by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to disinfect their temporary hawker center every day after operations.

As of today, MPP has a total of 11 temporary hawkers centers under its jurisdiction, namely the Pusat Penjaja Sementara Kota Sentosa, Pusat Penjaja Sementara Matang Jaya (near Sun Shine Corner), Pusat Penjaja Sementara Matang Jaya (Behind Fama), Pusat Penjaja Sementara Taman Malihah, Pusat Penjaja Sementara MJC Square, Pusat Penjaja Sementara Prince Commercial Centre, Pusat Penjaja Sementara Kuching City Mall, Pasar Minggu Kota Padawan, Pusat Penjaja Sementara Borong dan Pengedar Lee Ling Heights, Pusat Penjaja Sementara Pagi Kota Sentosa, and Pasar Tani Fama Matang. — DayakDaily