AS RAMADAN approaches, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Melaka have already announced that they will be cancelling their bazaars.
The Federal Territories Ministry, however, has not made a definite decision on the matter yet.
Its minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he was not ruling out having Ramadan bazaars during the fasting month and planned to use a revised format which would include good hygiene practices and reduced human contact.
With no firm decision made, tens of thousands of Malaysians have signed an online petition calling for the bazaars to be cancelled this year.
The petition entitled “Say No to Bazar Ramadhan, ” has collected more than 60,000 signatures on the website change.org.
The individual who started it wrote that if Ramadan bazaars were carried out as usual later this month, all sacrifices and efforts done by the nation’s frontliners and healthcare warriors would be negated.
“The pandemic has already caused extensive loss to our country. Numerous efforts have been made to flatten the curve of the spread of infections and to reduce the impact on mankind.
“We already know the virus spreads easily among the community in close contact with each other.
“The only way to stop the chain of infections is to avoid mass gatherings, ” she said.
Another respondent said such bazaars would spearhead a new wave of infections and put the country’s efforts to waste.
Another person wrote, “Life is more important. If possible, just cancel the Ramadan bazaars this year and maintain social distancing.”
Meanwhile, Sinaran TTDI Management Corporation which represents the residents of Sinaran TTDI Condominium, has also sent an open letter to Annuar asking him to reconsider holding the bazaar in their neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.