The e-bazaar for Ramadan is still on in Selangor, says Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
The Selangor Mentri Besar said the announcement made by Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa on Thursday (April 17) that any form of Ramadan bazaar this year would be banned, including via drive-through, pack-and-pick and e-hailing was applicable only for the Federal Territories.
“If the ruling was for the entire country, it will be made by the Defence Minister, ” Amirudin said on Friday (April 17).
He was speaking after receiving a mock cheque for a RM364,888 donation from the Selangor Cyber Games 2020 for the purpose of fighting Covid-19 in Selangor.
Amirudin said the state government felt that if restaurants could engage with e-delivery services, Ramadan bazaars could adopt the model as well.
“We will have central kitchens and will provide the logistics. The e-hailing riders would come to these locations to collect and deliver the food to the customers.
“There will be no walk-in guests and we will have strict guidelines on health and safety.
"We will ensure social distancing and that the temperature of everyone in the process is taken.
“However, do not anticipate an extensive range of stalls. We will limit the menu.
“We are still in the process of drawing up the guidelines but we want to accommodate this e-bazaar. We have been receiving positive feedback from the public.
“Our stand is that if restaurants can engage with e-delivery services so can these bazaars,
“As of now, we have identified 15 locations for the central kitchen, ” said Amirudin who added that more information on these e-bazaars will be made in the near future.
On Thursday (April 16), Annuar had said there will not be any Ramadan bazaar in the Federal Territories in any form this year.
He said the decision was made after taking into account various factors and situations with the National Security Council (NSC).
It was reported that the three methods were elaborately discussed, and NSC thinks that it is best not to have Ramadan bazaar, according to him.
It was also reported that this includes all mobile hawker stalls to minimise the number of vehicles on the road.
"So Ramadan bazaar will be cancelled this year," he said during a Facebook live press conference on Thursday.