Ramadan bazaars during the fasting month are expected to be carried out in accordance with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as determined by the National Security Council (MKN) to control the spread of COVID-19.
However, at the moment, the Ipoh City Council (MBI) is still in the midst of deciding whether to allow Ramadan bazaars. The decision will be finalised by the end of this month.
Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin said MBI has been receiving countless applications from traders to operate during the bazaars, which include the site and rental locations.
“Although we have yet to come to a decision on the matter, the enthusiasm of the traders is very heartening to see.
“Rest assured, as we will make sure those who have made an application will be able to conduct business, though the number of lots and locations have not been determined yet. We will set a seal on the matter after further consideration,” he said.
He told reporters this when met at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme to help storm victims in Taman Tasek Damai yesterday (February 9).
The programme involved cooperation between the Perak State Agricultural Development Corporation (PPPNP) and the Perak State Department of Agriculture, especially in terms of agricultural assistance.
Also present were PPPNP Chief Executive Officer, Yahanis Yahya and Perak State Director of Agriculture, Norsiyenti Othman.
Rumaizi explained that the current situation with the spread of the latest variant of COVID-19, Omicron, is being paid close attention.
“Ramadan bazaars will be frequented by visitors and traders of all ages. Hence, it’s imperative to strictly follow the SOPs for the sake of common good,” he said.