Shoppers observe SOPs at Kuching City Mall street market

Uggah(right) and Dr Sim (second right) listening to the grouses voiced out by a hawker stall owner.

KUCHING, July 4: Shoppers visiting the Kuching City Mall street market have largely followed the recommended standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the new norm.

They were willing to have their body temperatures taken People Volunteers Corps (Rela) and have their particulars recorded upon arrival at the entrance of the Kuching City Mall street market.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian went to visit the Kuching City Mall street market today to check on the compliance of SOPs there.

They observed that there was no overcrowding at the 115 stalls which sell all kinds of fruits, vegetables, jungle products, cakes, meat and fish.

Joining them on their visit were Padawan Municipal Council deputy chairman Datuk Ahmad Datuk Seri Ibrahim and the council’s secretary Elizabeth Loh.

Uggah who is also State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Dr Sim who is Batu Kawah assemblyman also took the opportunity to talk to the hawkers to inquire on the trading situation as well as to listen to some of their grouses.

Uggah asserted that the Kuching City Mall street market is operational from 12pm to 6pm daily now.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim said the MJC Batu Kawah new township street market remained closed at this juncture.

“This market which operates every Thursday and Friday afternoon and evening is still closed.

“This is because the MJC street market is bigger and very popular with shoppers.

“In such a situation, where there could be many crowds, social distancing would be very hard to be implemented.

“For now, we have not decided when we should allow it to operate.” he said.—DayakDaily

Uggah (left) and Dr Sim (second left) enquiring with a hawker stall owner on the situation trading and doing businesses in the new norm.
Uggah (left) and Dr Sim (far left) checking on a hawker stall to gather feedback on its business in the new norm.