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According to NST, pasar malam traders have pleaded for the government to allow them to resume operations during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
Since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) two months ago, pasar malam traders have not been able to conduct their business. While most businesses have been able to reopen during the CMCO, pasar malams are still closed for the time being.
Kinta Mobile Night Market Malay Traders Association chairman Jaafar Uthman said that the traders’ means of income have depleted and are struggling financially.
I believe it’s not only traders in Perak who are facing this predicament, but every night market trader in the country.Jaafar Uthman at the Perak trading associations press conference
Uthman is urging the government to draw up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) so that pasar malams can resume, much like how SOPs were put in place for dine-in restaurants to continue their business.
He also assures the government that the traders will follow all SOPs such as limited number of stalls or single exit/entry points. The traders are agreeable to any additional safety measures as long as they are still able to operate.
Some of us are not eligible for the (financial) assistance from the government. We have bills to pay and families to take care of. It’s been almost three months since we operated our business.Jaafar Uthman
A letter has already been submitted to the Perak Menteri Besar regarding the issue at hand and Uthman is hopeful that there will be a meeting to discuss the matter with all relevant authorities.
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