Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Over 100 CCTVs to be set up at Selayang wholesale market to monitor undocumented


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will install more than 100 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras around the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market in Selayang here in a bid to step up enforcement and curb the activities of undocumented migrants carrying out businesses in the area, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).

The Federal Territories Minister said the CCTVs, to be equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) features with facial recognition technology, would enable work to monitor and control activities in and around the market to be carried out more orderly.

We still find some traders, involving illegal immigrants, conducting businesses outside the wholesale market’s fence and along the walkways, which then affect traffic flow in the area.

"The CCTVs will be installed in and around the market for enforcement monitoring by DBKL. We will upgrade it from time to time, ” he told reporters at the Mural and Graffiti Competition prize-presentation ceremony at the wholesale market on Monday (Nov 23).

Annuar also said that the construction of the hostel facility with over 200 beds for the wholesale market workers was fully completed and set to be used from next month.

"We will consult with the licensees (market traders) to distribute the quota among the workers who need this facility either due to not having a place to stay or having to currently pay a high rental, ” he said.

He said the rental for the facility would be as low as RM150 per month and that apart from making it easier for the workers to commute to work, it would also attract more local workers, including from outside the capital.

Earlier, Annuar spent almost an hour surveying the transformation of the wholesale market, which is now more comfortable, cleaner, brighter and free of foreign workers following improvements in terms of management and governance.

Among the upgrades are the addition of control room workstations, passes using QR code scans for wholesalers and their workers, fences and motorcycle parking areas.

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204 tourism, hotel operators shut down since March, Tourism Minister tells Parliament


KUALA LUMPUR ): A total of 204 tourism and hotel operators have closed their businesses since March this year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and enforcement of the movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said based on data released by the Companies Commission of Malaysia, the number comprised 109 entities in the hotel sector including hotels, resorts, motels, homestays and chalets, while 95 others were tourism agencies and tourism activities operators.

Thirty-two out of 109 entities from the hotel sector and 38 out of 95 tourism agencies were ordered to close by the courts or they closed voluntarily, ” she told the Dewan Rakyat Monday (Nov 23).

She was responding to a question from Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang), who had asked the number of hotels and tourism companies that had gone bankrupt since the enforcement of the MCO until Oct 31 and whether the ministry would undertake initiatives to ensure hotel operators and tourism companies could bear operating costs until the economy reopens.

Nancy said the ministry would study the matter and hold discussions with other government agencies and related associations to identify the issues and find solutions.

However, she said the ministry had also approved new licence applications from 135 tourism companies and operators during the same period.

Meanwhile, Nancy said the ministry planned to ask for about RM50mil in development allocation for the Sungai Batu archaeological site in Kedah under the rolling plan of the 12th Malaysia Plan for 2021.

"Last September, the ministry’s officers visited the archaeological site with Economic Planning Unit officers and explained the long-term plan and development allocation required, ” she said to a supplementary question from Nor Azrina Surip (PH-Merbok) on the previous withdrawal of the allocation for the archaeological site. 


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