Holding Ramadan bazaars may be allowed this year, says Zuraida

IPOH (March 16): Holding of Ramadan bazaars might be allowed this year with improved and more efficient standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She said the matter, however, would first be discussed with the National Security Council (MKN) for a decision to be made.

“The ministry will look at the SOPs again to make them better and more efficient.

“I do not see any problem as open markets and pasar malam (night markets) have been allowed to operate. InsyaAllah (God willing), the Ramadan bazaars can resume this time.”

Zuraida said this after jointly launching the Robotic Artificial Intelligence application together with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the Amanjaya Chicken Market here today.

The Ministry of Federal Territories and the Negeri Sembilan government earlier agreed to allow the holding of Ramadan bazaars this year, and are also waiting for a decision from MKN amid the conditional movement control order (CMCO) enforcement.

Meanwhile, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has received 1,600 applications from traders to hold Ramadan bazaars, and is waiting for approval from the Selangor government and advice from MKN. 

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