S4S unhappy with lack of Covid-19 SOP at night market

S4S spokesman and Aspirasi potential candidate for Batu Lintang Alex Leong Shaow Tung showing the unmanned registration table, which is also without temperature monitoring device, during his visit to the Third Mile Night Market, recently.

KUCHING, Oct 29: Sarawak For Sarawakian (S4S) founder Alex Leong Shaow laments the lack of standard operating procedure (SOP) at the Third Mile Night Market, which could potentially expose the public to Covid-19 infections.

Leong, who is also the Sarawak Aspiration People’s Party (Aspirasi) potential candidate for Batu Lintang, said he had received numerous complaints from the public on the matter where it has been going on for several consecutive nights.

“I had complained about the Covid-19 SOP issue to the relevant authorities after the market’s visitors had expressed their concerns. If an infected person with Covid-19 visit the market or other nightspots, and SOP compliance is lax, this will expose the vendors as well as the visitors,” he said in a press statement today.

Leong noted, after receiving the complaints, he immediately went to the market and found out that there was a table at the entrance of the market with a logbook register, but there was no staff on duty, and no temperature monitoring device.

“The council should not be negligent in their duties, especially when there is a spike in Covid-19 cases, where Kuching has been put under the Red Zone category,” he added.

At the same time, Leong also expressed his appreciation to the coffee shop owners, including the retail business operators there for diligent efforts in complying with the SOP to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Everyone of us has a social responsibility to fight this Covid-19 menace together, and local authorities must also cooperate with members of the public to win this fight against the pandemic,” he said. –DayakDaily.