LESS INCOME ... Fishmongers at the Medan Niaga Satok attend to customers at their stalls. According to them supply of fish are sufficient although they have to reduce volume of orders as compared to before. They also said that they lost more than half of their normal sales since the Movement Control Order (MCO) period started. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is identifying markets within its area of jurisdiction to be disinfected with the help of the state Fire and Rescue Department. 

MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said the council was planning how to go about doing it. 

“We should not disinfect the markets just for the sake of doing it. We should look into whether it would be effective; whether it’s harmful, or most importantly, when and how frequently it should be done. 

“I am sure that with the guidance of professionals, the process can be carried out properly to improve the lives of the people,” said Wee. 

Asked on whether MBKS had started its own citywide disinfection exercise separate from the nationwide directive from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), Wee said MBKS was letting the ministry take the lead. 

“Once the ministry has made the decision, our next step is to carry it out,” he said. 

In the meantime, the council is going on with its daily routine of washing certain areas as a basic preventive measure. 

“For those going to the markets, please use proper face masks and practise social distancing. Wash your hands and clean yourselves after shopping before coming into contact with your loved ones. Stay healthy, stay safe and stay at home,” he said.