JOHOR BARU: The state government has decided not to hold Ramadan bazaars this year in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said this was in line with the Federal Government’s advice on the
matter and the decision was made to stop the spread of the outbreak.
“The decision is made as a preventive measure for the possibilities of infection caused by close contact among the people, thus increasing the risk to bazaar visitors and general public, ” he said in a statement here.
He added that the government, however, urged traders to conduct their business online.
“This is a chance for business owners to venture into the vast online market, ” he added.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had also previously urged authorities not to hold Ramadan bazaars because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
His Majesty said new cases were being detected on a daily basis and now was not the time to hold any event involving mass gatherings.
“The complete effect of the movement control order must be achieved first and this must be our priority and concern. The Ramadan bazaar can wait.
“If we don’t follow and ignore the movement control order (MCO), the virus will spread and further strain the resources of our healthcare system, putting our healthcare workers and other frontliners at even greater risk, ” he said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page.
His Majesty added that people must be patient, stay at home and avoid any contact with others until the health authorities gave the all-clear.
On another matter, Vidyananthan said Johor National Security Council had received 1,299 enquiries during phase 1 and phase 2 of the MCO, where 20.8% of the calls was regarding Malaysian workers in Singapore.
For any enquiries regarding the Covid-19 issues in the state, the public can call 07-290 8008/ 8007.