Business at local market picking up

Wan Junaidi at Pasar Kubah Ria.

KUCHING: The resumption of businesses following the lifting of movement restrictions is a boon for Pasar Kubah Ria, said Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He observed that the market was livelier and returning to the way it was before the movement control order (MCO).

“Overall, I am happy with the developments at Pasar Kubah Ria. Together we must redevelop the businesses there.

“Some blocks are still not operational; it could be that they are still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery movement control order (RMCO),” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (June 14).

Wan Junaidi paid a visit to the market on Sunday to inspect the businesses and their compliance to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Compliance to the Health Ministry (KKM) guidelines is satisfactory. I hope all the traders and patrons will continue to adhere to the directives issued by KKM,” he said.

“While the federal government allows businesses to resume following demands from the public, the businesses now have to be done with the new norms such as social distancing.

“Besides that, I also ask drivers of trucks and other vehicles coming and going at the market to follow their respective schedules. The vehicles must also be parked at the predefined distance.

“This is to prevent workers and patrons from converging at one place at a particular time as well as to practise social distancing,” he said.

Wan Junaidi urged the traders to keep their distance from one another and to use gloves and face masks. He also reminded them to wash their hands regularly and to use hand sanitisers.

“I also took the time to view the varieties of vegetable and other wet goods. From my observation, the stocks of fresh goods are still satisfactory in terms of quality and price,” he said.