Malaysia: No wholesale markets, no vegetable supply

Supply of vegetables in Malaysia’s Klang Valley and several states nearby have been affected following the temporary closure of several wholesale markets here and in the capital. Although Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur in Selayang was reopened last week after it was closed for several days for sanitisation and decontamination procedures, fewer wholesalers were able to operate due to various reasons.

The situation was compounded when other wet markets, including the one in Petaling Jaya’s Taman Megah and Jalan Othman, and the Chow Kit market in the capital were also shut down for the same procedures.

Kuala Lumpur Vegetable Wholesalers Association president Wong Keng Fatt said some wholesalers and their workers are still waiting for their Covid-19 test results while observing self-quarantine for 14 days. “In order to enter the market, both wholesalers and their customers (market traders) will need to produce proof that they tested negative for the virus. We cannot operate until we are given the all-clear by the authorities. This has affected supplies to wet market traders, ” he said, adding that wet market traders make up 60% of the wholesalers’ customer base.

For now, Wong, who had his second Covid-19 test done yesterday, said there are 80 vegetable wholesalers who can still operate as usual at the market while the rest have been ordered to close temporarily. All 216 wholesalers are expected to be fully operational beginning May 2 when the quarantine period is over and their second test results come out, he said.

Starting earlier this month, all wholesalers and their workers at the market were instructed to go for Covid-19 screening and observe self-quarantine as a precaution even if they were negative.

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