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Two Selayang Markets Now Closed After Minister Said They Wouldn’t

Two Selayang Markets Now Closed After Minister Said They Wouldn’t

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The 6th Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) was announced yesterday for Pusat Bandar Utara, Kuala Lumpur and the residential area surrounding Selayang wholesale market.

During his daily Movement Control Order (MCO) briefing, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the wholesale market will continue to operate as usual despite the lockdown in the vicinity.

But it looks like things have changed as Malay Mail discovered that the Selayang wholesale market will be closed from today.

When asked, authorities onsite told the English news site that the reason is to prepare for Covid-19 screenings of wholesale market traders and workers.

These are the orders that we have received.

Authorities onsite at Selayang EMCO to Malay Mail.
A general view near the Pasar borong Selayang during the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Kuala Lumpur.
(Credit: Firdaus Latif/Malay Mail)

No further details were revealed about the duration of the closure or if the market will even open again during the two-week EMCO which will last until 3rd May.

Not only that, it appears that Pasar Borong Harian Selayang is closed as well.

Several market traders said that they only found out when they arrived at the market to get supplies following the closure of Selayang wholesale market.

They were informed that Pasar Borong Harian Selayang was also ordered to cease daily operations until further notice.

Pasar Borong Harian Selayang.
(Credit: Perak Today)

However, the traders’ associations revealed that they received the notice to close yesterday evening (20th April) but there wasn’t enough time to inform everyone, especially traders who came from outstation.

They should have told us earlier. Now many traders are stranded with the goods they brought.

Shaharudin Dorani, Pasar Borong Harian Selayang Malay Traders Association to Malay Mail.

Frustrated market traders had to clear out Pasar Borong Harian Selayang at 6am when they were informed of the closure.

Workers are pictured at the Selayang wholesale market earlier in April.
(Credit: Miera Zulyana/Malay Mail)

The traders’ associations also revealed that Pasar Borong Harian Selayang was shut due to two positive cases recorded in the last two weeks. The market’s traders are being screened for Covid-19 as well. 

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