SHAH ALAM, April 21 — The Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has tightened the standard operating procedures (SOPs) at its Ramadan bazaars and reduced the number of bazaar sites to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Its Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said the local council had introduced the MBSJ Bazaar Operation SOP that takes effect on Sunday (April 18) and is applicable on all traders and visitors of the bazaars under its jurisdiction.
“MBSJ hopes that the tightened SOPs would be complied with and help curb the spread of Covid-19.
“We are also the only local council in the state that uses its own enforcement and licencing department officers to control the security of the bazaars without requiring the help from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel.
“Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari and the Selangor Security Council Committee have commended MBSJ for having the best control on bazaar security among all local councils in the state and had said that it should be emulated by the others,” he said in a statement today.
Azfarizal said among the measures taken under the new MBSJ SOPs include:
– Implementing numbered pass system for the visitors
– Enforce a one-way route
– Social distancing between stalls
– Prohibiting entry of children under the age of 12
– Only two (2) members from the same family allowed at a time
– Limiting shopping time to between 10 to 15 minutes
He said MBSJ had also reduced the number of Ramadan bazaars to nine from 15 in the previous year and had allowed only 454 traders to operate at the bazaars.
He added that MBSJ also exposes all the bazaar traders to the state’s e-commerce initiative, the Platform Selangor (Plats), that utilises e-kitchen concept to help generate more income for the entrepreneurs.
“MBSJ is also the first local council in the state to develop the Ramadan e-bazaar in collaboration with the Selangor Digital e-Supply Chain (Seldec) through its e-kitchen platform,” he said.