Another blow for business owners

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 24 Apr 2020

This year, there will be no Ramadan Bazaar at Queen Street in Little India, Penang.

MANY businesses which were struggling to make ends meet due to the movement control order (MCO) have now been hit harder with the cancellation of Ramadan bazaars nationwide.

Siti Ajarah Abdul Aziz, 29, who runs a nasi dalcha shop in Little India, George Town, said she usually looks forward to running her stall at the Ramadan bazaar in Queen Street.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, I had to close my shop selling nasi dalcha and nasi briyani.

“It has been difficult for me as we usually see a good income daily.

“We have gone through weeks with no daily income and we need to reopen our stall to make ends meet.

“We have decided that we will reopen our stall on Friday but with no bazaar, our chances of making some extra money have been dampened,” she said.

Siti Ajarah said that on a good day, she could make around RM1,000 from sales at the bazaar.

Mohamed Meera Sahib (in red) arranging dates at his shop.Mohamed Meera Sahib (in red) arranging dates at his shop.

“Unfortunately, there is no choice now and we just hope that people will come and take away food from our stall,” she said, adding that she had signed up for Penang Island City Council’s (MBPP) online Ramadan bazaar.

Meanwhile, Penang’s halal grocery store Mohamed Meera Sahib (M) Sdn Bhd has resorted to delivering goods to customers.

Company director Mohamed Meera Sahib Mohamed Noordeen said business is good but they have to offer home delivery services.

“We have regular customers who order what they need and we do home deliveries.

“This has been a helpful tool during the MCO.

“We are lucky as we fall under essential services.

“There were some panic buyers in the beginning but we have enough stock to cater to those who need their usual rations,” he said.

Both the MBPP and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) have launched online Ramadan bazaars for traders on the island and mainland to enable Muslims to pre-order food, sundry items, clothes, shoes and even Hari Raya cookies.

With the MBPP launching its Jom Beli Online (JBO) @ MBPP platform, consumers can pre-order food now from any of the registered online Ramadan bazaar hawkers for delivery from today.

MBSP created a special portal called e-Bazar Ramadan to collate all websites, Facebook pages and WhatsApp groups of all Ramadan bazaar hawkers.

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