State to review opening of new Ramadan bazaars

Protecting traders’ interests: The Melaka Mega Ramadan Bazaar located in Hang Tuah is not attracting so many people anymore because of the opening of a new bazaar nearby. – filepic

ALOR GAJAH: The state government is reviewing the procedures, including rental, for opening of Ramadan bazaars in future to ensure they do not affect business at the Melaka Mega Ramadan Bazaar.

State Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ismail said they wanted to ensure the Melaka Mega Ramadan Bazaar at Jalan Hang Tuah continued to be the main location for people to do their Hari Raya shopping.

"This year the Melaka Mega Ramadan Bazaar is not attracting as many traders and patrons as it did in previous years because of the presence of a new Ramadan bazaar nearby.

"Many traders have shifted to the new bazaar because the rental is lower, at only RM3,500, compared with RM10,000 for a site at Jalan Hang Tuah," he told reporters.

He said the distance between the two bazaars was less than 5km.

On the higher rental at the bazaar at Jalan Hang Tuah, he said it was because the new bazaar was lacking facilities.

On another matter, Ismail said 40% of entertainment clubs in Melaka Raya were operating without licences.

"This is not because they did not apply for the licence.

“It is due to their inability to comply with the strict rules by the Fire and Rescue Department," he added.

Ismail also urged operators of entertainment outlets to comply with the regulation requiring them to stop operating by midnight during the fasting month.- Bernama

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