Labuan’s Self-Service Launderette Operators Appeal For SOP Relaxation

LABUAN: Labuan self-service launderette operators are appealing to the government for a relaxation of the requirement for them to have employees at the premises to monitor COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance among the customers.

They claimed their low daily revenue was making it difficult for them to fulfil the mandatory requirement.

Labuan launderette operators’ representative Rokiah Ibrahim said the laundry business’ profit on the duty-free island was far lower compared to elsewhere and most of them ended up just breaking even.

“The revenue collected daily could not cover the monthly salary of an employee, as the operators have to pay high monthly rentals of the premises and machines.

“The laundry business in Labuan is not the same like in big towns with large populations and earning high returns,”  she told Bernama today.

Rokiah said half of the self-service launderette operators here had been slapped with a RM1,000  compound for not having employees at their premises in line with the ruling.

On Jan 14, the government agreed to allow self-service launderettes in areas under the Movement Control Order (MCO) to operate from 6 am to 8 pm but with an employee present to monitor SOP compliance.

The people entering the premises must have their body temperature screened, scan the MySejahtera QR code and wear a face mask. The operators must also provide hand sanitisers and ensure physical distancing.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry would be monitoring for adherence to the SOP at launderettes.

The government had previously allowed launderettes to operate in MCO areas except self-service launderettes as there was no monitoring at the premises.