Kelantan cancels Ramadan bazaar on rising Covid cases


THE Kelantan State Government has decided to cancel all Ramadan and Aidilfitri bazaars in the state for this year.

According to the chairman of the State Local Government, Housing and Health Committee, Izani Husin, the measure is taken as an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the Madinah Ramadan Program, which was previously planned for the purpose of congregational tarawih prayers, breaking fast and sahur in the state will be converted into a low-risk Covid-19 treatment and quarantine center.

“Ramadan Bazaar (and) Aidilfitri Bazaar throughout Kelantan is canceled. Madinah Ramadan programme is converted into a Covid-19 Low Risk Treatment and Quarantine Center (CPRC),” he said in a Facebook page today.

“It is our effort (ikhtiar) to curb the spread of Covid-19,” said the Kijang State Assemblyman.

Prior to this, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob reportedly said that the Ramadan Bazaar will be allowed to operate with a strict level of compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Apart from the limit of only two customers to buy food, the number of stalls woll also be limited according to the bazaar site as per the guidelines of the National Security Council.

However yesterday, Kelantan recorded 171 new Covid-19 cases, and a new cluster was recorded, namely the Bandar Baru Kubang Kerian Cluster involving working communities in Tumpat, Bachok, and Kota Bharu. The state recorded the third highest cases after Selangor and Sarawak due to the rising new infections.

Last month, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the government will allow Ramadan bazaar and Terawih prayers during the month of Ramadan with strict SOPs.

“Among the ones that are agreed on so far include that the locations of the bazaars must be in open air, as well as setting a one-way path for entrance and exits. Visitor count must also be controlled, while maintaining the MySejahtera registration at the entrance,” he said.