No More Sanctions, Ramadhan Bazaar Can Fully Open

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri has confirmed that there will be no imposition on economic activities including business closure or lockdowns and this goes to Ramadhan bazaar as well.

The bazaar which is a usual tradition during the 30 days of fasting before Hari Raya has been barred for the past 2 years since the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020. The result has been detrimental to petty traders who look forward to the bazaar for additional income that covers sometimes up to 6 months of their expenses.

While the bazaars will be allowed nationwide, a more refined standard operating procedure (SOP) would be set in order to keep safety elements in place.

“We will not close down businesses, I have mentioned earlier, the Raya celebration, fasting month, Ramadan bazaar, and night market will go on as usual,” said the PM. This comes as they were media reporting grouses among Ramadan bazaar traders who were worried that they would not be able to operate in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases following the spread of the Omicron variant over the past month.

Daily cases in Malaysia have gone up significantly hitting 22,802 new COVID-19 infections bringing the cumulative total to over three million.

Additionally, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said Ramadan bazaars would be allowed to operate as usual in the Federal Territories this year, with the enforcement of the existing SOPs. Selangor has also been conducting plot allocation by various municipal for the upcoming bazaar. Ramadhan in the country will take place from April 2 to May 2 followed by Hari Raya celebration.

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