More states call off Ramadhan bazaar, FT to decide soon

Selangor is the latest state to cancel Ramadhan bazaar due to Covid-19 pandemic after Terengganu and Negri Sembilan

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE government has yet to decide whether Ramadhan bazaars in the Federal Territories (FT) will be cancelled due to Covid-19, said FT Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Annuar said Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Security Council (NSC) and local councils will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the matter.

“No decision yet. As I have repeatedly explained I’m giving local authorities in FT few more days for them to come up with their recommendations.

“They will brief me tomorrow. Decision will not be taken unilaterally. MoH and NSC must be consulted,” he said on his Twitter account.

In the meantime, he urged everyone to give their cooperation to make the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) and MCO effective by staying at home.

Annuar said this in response to various media reports on Tuesday that the bazaars will be adjusted, which included social distancing measures in the city.

Separately, Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has announced that there will be no Ramadhan bazaars in Selangor this year, making them the latest state to cancel the bazaars, after Terengganu and Negri Sembilan.

“I believe there will be online Ramadhan bazaars as there are delivery services,” he said.

In Terengganu, the state government will set up an online Ramadhan bazaar after the physical bazaar was cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The method of marketing various foods online will be monitored by Yayasan Pembangunan Usahawan Terengganu.

The state government said service centres in 32 constituencies of the Terengganu State Legislative Assembly has been appointed as the administrator of this online Ramadhan bazaar.

It also said all transactions will be facilitated through e-wallets for the convenience of traders and consumers.

In Negri Sembilan, MB Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the state government has ruled that there will be no Ramadhan bazaar this year to safeguard the people health following the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Aminuddin, the state government cannot take it easy by authorising the bazaar that will allow people to be exposed to the outbreak again, even if the number of Covid-19 cases decreases during the MCO.

In Kelantan, MB Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the state government has yet to make any final decision on the matter and will look into it based on the current circumstances.

Meanwhile, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said he is still in discussions with the relevant parties for the best solution for the benefit of all businesses, suppliers and consumers as a whole.

Sulaiman said they have 10 days to look at the current situation of the outbreak as MCO expires on April 14, while Ramadan is expected to begin on April 24.

At the moment, Melaka is still evaluating and discussing the need for Ramadhan bazaars to operate.