Applications for Ramadan bazaar licences frozen

A Ramadan bazaar in Penang drawing a big crowd last year. – Filepic

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has frozen applications for group and individual temporary licences for Ramadan bazaars in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said applications had to be put on hold following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).

“We cannot carry forward with the applications until Covid-19 can be completely contained, ” he said.

Yew added that the temporary suspension also applied to other applications.

Yew said the council would make a public announcement once the suspension is lifted.

He added that those interested could always check the MBPP website for further information.

It was earlier reported that MBPP had started accepting applications for group and individual temporary licences for Ramadan bazaars until April 10.

However, the application process was suspended after the MCO was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently.

As of March 4, the council had approved a total of 22 applications for Ramadan bazaars to be held.

The bazaars held during the fasting month across the state are huge crowd pullers every year, selling a wide variety of food and other festive essentials.

Among the famous Ramadan bazaars on Penang island are those operating in Tanjung Tokong, Bukit Gedung and Bayan Baru.

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