“WE WILL celebrate next year, ” says trader Azkhalim Suradi when he was told that the government has scrapped all forms of Ramadan bazaars this year.
The Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman Traders and Hawkers Association chairman added that it was the best move to keep Covid-19 at bay.
“It’s best that we do away with it this year. Better to be safe than sorry, ” he added.
He was among the affected traders who expressed disappointment over losing out from additional income during the holy month.
The ban on all types of Ramadan bazaars whether physical stalls, e-bazaars, via drive-through, pack-and-pick or e-hailing was announced by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that the decision was made after taking into account various factors and situations with the National Security Council.
Murtabak stall owner Wan Ismail Wan Ali, 36, said he was disappointed about the announcement, but agreed that safety was paramount.
He had run his stall at a Ramadan bazaar since 2016 in Balakong, Selangor.
“When the authorities announced that e-bazaars were still allowed, I worked with a few traders in my area to discuss ways to operate the business.
“But now that everything is cancelled, we just have to adhere to the ruling, ” said Wan Ismail, who used to make about RM15,000 in sales during Ramadan.
Federal Territories Hawkers and Petty Traders Association of Malaysia (GPPPKM) president Datuk Seri Rosli Sulaiman said the association fully supported the government’s decision.
“The risk faced by the traders in this current Covid-19 situation is too high and we have to put their safety first.
“The loss for the traders is expected but if the Ramadan bazaar goes on as usual while the movement control order (MCO) is in place, there would be fewer customers which would contribute to even greater losses for the traders.”
Rosli said there are about 2,700 registered bazaar traders in Kuala Lumpur who will be affected by the move to cancel the Ramadan bazaar.
“We hope those who have registered for the bazaar this year with Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be carried forward to next year so that they do not have to go through the same process.”
He also urged traders not to start small businesses at home like selling food during Ramadan.
“This is outside the association’s jurisdiction so I do not wish to comment much on that, ” said Rosli.
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