Many of us probably accepted the fact that this year’s Ramadan could possibly be different that before. If Covid-19 prolong, we might not have Ramadan bazaar with the usual array of traditional delicacies – a wise decision to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.
Several states including Selangor, Kedah, Terengganu and Melaka have announced that they are cancelling Ramadan bazaar this year. Even Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has also urged bazaar organisers to cancel the annual events. He stresses that it is not wise to hold Ramadan bazaars this year in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ramadan bazaars would pose a huge risk and affect the health of the community at large
This is wise decision after Putrajaya announced the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be carried out such as safe distancing and crowd control. Unfortunately, we can’t handle such a huge crowd in bazaar during the fasting month.
Besides, we are not even sure if the Covid-19 will be over when the Movement Control Order (MCO) ends. People will think twice of going out for safety reason.
Almost 99% Ramadan bazaar traders could face financial constraints
With bazaars cancelled in several states and the possibility of MCO being extended further to Ramadan, it will be a great loss for all bazaar traders. They will be greatly affected by the MCO and could face economic constraints for the next two or three months.
Thousands of bazaar vendors are facing great loss where many have already spent thousands of ringgit in preparation for business during the fasting month. Many authorities are finding ways to refund the payment for the deposits given by the vendors for the tents and such to minimise the loss.
One of the Ramadan bazaars in KL that will be most affected is Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman – one of the most popular Ramadan bazaars in the country.
There are viable alternatives such as e-bazaars or drive-through bazaars
Health director-general Noor Hishan Abdullah commented that the authorities are re-evaluating the methods to carry out the bazaars. He said they are looking at e-bazaars or drive-through bazaars as a possibility. They are reviewing the standard operating procedures at the moment. He also added the Health Ministry would allow Ramadan bazaars to take place if the SOPs are followed.