Pasar malam traders staring at huge losses after stocking up for CNY

Khoo Gek San

A man sitting under lantern decorations, used during Chinese New Year celebrations, at a shop in Kuala Lumpur. Pasar malam traders who stocked up on such items now have no place to sell their new year goodies after Malaysia reimposed the MCO. – AFP pic, January 21, 2021.

PASAR malam traders in states subject to the movement-control order (MCO) are facing huge losses and even permanent closure if they are not allowed to operate, especially now when they have stocked up on Chinese New Year goodies.

They told The Malaysian Insight there needs to be a uniform decision on allowing them to operate as at present only some local councils in states under the MCO allow them to open for business under strict health protocols.

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