The Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim with the Malaysian Armed Forces advise the public to stay at home during the Movement Control Order to contain the spread of Covid-19 at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 24 MARCH 2020 social distancing foreign workers Rohingya UNHCR selayang kl wholesale market pasar borong
The Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim with the Malaysian Armed Forces advise the public to stay at home during the Movement Control Order to contain the spread of Covid-19 at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 24 MARCH 2020

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – The local authority is recommended to limit the operation hours of the business premises in the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market. Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said, the measure could reduce the number of foreign workers working at the wet market.

During the Movement Control Order enforcement at the market, Mazlan said that the public activities, including those made by the foreign workers were unnecessary in order to break the chain and reduce the risks of Covid-19 pandemic.

“At this KL Wholesale Market, many of the foreigners have UNHCR cards and legit travel documents. They work at the 440 wholesale premises here.

“If each premise utilises five foreign workers, just imagine, we have about 2,000 foreign workers involve in the daily dwellings and I think that such big number is not needed as the visitors have reduced due to Covid-19.

“With such great number of foreign workers at one time, it could increase the risks from the aspect of social distance and I would like to suggest that the local authority limit the number of workers in each stall, including their operation hours,” he told the journalists today.

Earlier, the Sentul District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Shanmugam and Mazlan had attended the Op Covid enforcement and roadblock at that wholesale market.

“We do not want these foreign workers to work in a congested environment. We need social distancing. That did not include the buyers. We will make a suggestion to the local authority as soon as possible. If they agree, they can implement it.

“It’s important that we want to control the situation and reduce public movement as much as we can, especially in public focussed areas such as this wholesale market,” Mazlan added. -MalaysiaGazette

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