Only vaccine recipients may be allowed at MBKS markets

Datuk Wee Hong Seng

KUCHING: In the near future, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) might only allow only vaccinated people to enter its public markets and hawker centres.

MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng revealed on Monday that the council was deliberating on the policy.

“MBKS is looking into the best ways to impose the policy in view of the number of people under 18 years old who have not been vaccinated.

“We will only start with our own hawkers and operators in our market and hawker centres first — we will do it one at a time.

“After we have the vaccination certificates issued by the council, we will move into the second phase for the individual eateries and outlets licensed under MBKS,” he told New Sarawak Tribune. 

Wee was commenting on the initiative taken by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) to only allow those who had been vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the Sibu Central Market.

“All these are for the safety and health of the people which is our top priority. We want everyone — operators and patrons alike — to be safe and healthy.

“As MBKS is here to serve the people and is for the people,” he added.

The mayor also said the imposition of such a policy would help to reduce the number of locally transmitted Covid-19 cases.

“At this time, we need everyone to work together to fight our common enemy, namely, Covid-19 and we need everyone’s understanding, tolerance and cooperation,” he reiterated.