Petaling Jaya’s Pasar Besar Jalan Othman traders say they have 1,000 job vacancies for Malaysians to take up at the market with an average salary of around RM2,000 a month.
The workers will be provided benefits such as Social Security Organisation (Socso) and Employees Provident Fund (EPF), they said.

The market also known as the PJ Old Town market will open today and those interested are welcome to attend walk-in interviews at the market. Jalan Othman market association vice-president Raja Ratnam said in the past the market relied on foreign workers but most of them were recently detained by the Immigration Department.

The Jalan Othman market association vice president Raja Ratnam (center) holding a banner that invites locals to work at the market. Image credit: The Star

“We want to hire locals and we are willing to pay them more than the minimum wage.

“The daily wage would be between RM70 and RM80. In the past, we could not get locals to work because of the early hours and hard work involved.

“However, many locals are now unemployed and they could take this opportunity to get a job at one of the 500 stalls in the market,” he said.

A situation at Pasar Besar Jalan Othman, Petaling Jaya after this market closed during Movement Control Order during Covid-19 situation. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said foreigners were never supposed to work in the markets. Calling to jobless locals to take up the jobs, he added that the traders were willing to hire them offering reasonable wages.

Market trader Sathiya Seelan said some of the vegetable and meat stalls would open at 4am and the workers may need to come to work at 3am and that work would be over by noon.

“We also welcome those with disabilities. We are willing to pay them well but we need committed workers,” he said.

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