MBKS Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng (left) speaking at a press conference. On the right is MBKS Market and Petty Traders standing committee chairman Cr Goh Tze Hui. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS), Datuk Wee Hong Seng today urged all those operating at the Kenyalang Food Centre to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the recovery movement control order (RMCO).

The SOPs include measuring the temperatures and recording details of those who visited the centre.

He suggested that the operators engage someone to measure the temperatures and record details of visitors if they could not do it themselves.

Wee was speaking to reporters before the distribution of Qmunity QR Code to the vendors of India Street on Monday (August 10).

He was responding to a statement by Democratic Action Party (DAP) Pending assemblywoman, Violet Yong, urging MBKS to assign staff at the centre to help   measure the temperatures and record the details of visitors there.

Wee pointed out that the SOPs were guidelines for the operators and aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19.

Replying to Yong’s statement, MBKS market and petty traders standing committee chairman, Councillor Goh Tze Hui said, “If MBKS had to assign a staff to take the temperatures of the customers, then the council had to close the other entrances and open only one for the customers.

“The centre has six to seven other entrances for customers to go to the upper floor to visit the hawkers.

“Opening only one entrance will also cause an issue.

It could be a hassle for customers and will affect the hawkers’ businesses.”

Goh added that while during MCO, MBKS applied the Qmunity application tracking system to all its community markets and hawkers’ centres.

“For your information, there are seven markets in the MBKS area,” he said.