Traders worried after night markets are closed again in Kota Kinabalu – Free Malaysia Today

A night market trader waits to load his goods after Kota Kinabalu City Hall closed all night and weekly markets on Saturday because of the high number of Covid-19 infections.

KOTA KINABALU: Night market traders in the city hope that the authorities, particularly Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK), will allow them to resume business in the near future.

A trader at the Sinsuran night market here, who only wanted to be known as Ema, 26, said the closure began on Saturday and had resulted in her income taking a hit.

She said the sudden closure caused many traders to suffer losses, especially those who sold raw products such as fish, chicken and vegetables.

“We only resumed business last month, and now the night market is closed again. it’s difficult for me because this is my full-time job.

“The notice issued by DBKK was so sudden. Where are we going to sell our goods?” Ema asked, adding that people like her needed money with Hari Raya approaching.

The president of the Pantai Tanjung Aru 1 Night Market Hawkers Association, Dahlan Jasri, said he agreed with the closure decision in view of the increased number of Covid-19 infections, but hoped they would be allowed to operate again soon.

Seafood and vegetables at one of the night markets. How are we going to sell them, asks one of the traders, Ema.

He said the Tanjung Aru 1 beach night market had complied with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities and would have no problem reopening if allowed to do so.

“The SOPs here are very strict and we are always assisted by DBKK, Rela and the police in making sure they are adhered to.

“We don’t want to put pressure on the relevant parties or the government, but we hope we are allowed to reopen soon,” he said.

In its closure notice, DBKK said the reopening of the night market and weekly market in Kota Kinabalu would depend on the periodic review of the Covid-19 data.

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