MORE than 100 Ramadan bazaars have been set up in Johor Baru, Pasir Gudang, Kulai and Iskandar Puteri for the fasting month.
Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) has allocated 900 trading lots at 16 locations for traders.
MBPG mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said the traders were selected based on the open voting process carried out through the city council’s Facebook page on March 30 and 31.
“Among the 16 locations are Taman Air Biru, Taman Pasir Putih, Bandar Seri Alam, Taman Cahaya Masai, Taman Rinting, Taman Scientex, Taman Kota Masai and Taman Bukit Dahlia, ” he said.
Asman Shah said MBPG would carry out regular spot checks to ensure traders do not sublet their licence to others.
“I will personally go to each location and conduct regular checks with my team, ” he added.
Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said 2,871 trading lots were allocated at 53 locations for the Ramadan month.
“Some 2,372 stalls are being handled by Johor Baru City Foundation (YBJB) while the rest have been allocated to non-governmental organisations and private companies.
“This also includes the Aidilfitri bazaar which has 500 stalls, ” he said, adding that the city council would closely monitor all bazaar locations to ensure people adhered to the standard operating procedure imposed by the National Security Council.
The Ramadan bazaars will operate from 3pm to 8pm while the Aidilfitri bazaars will open from 10am to midnight.
All organisers must ensure that each stall maintains a one-metre to 1.5m distance from each other besides having a clear entrance and exit paths.
“The elderly and children are advised not to visit the bazaars and organisers must control the number of people going in to ensure physical distancing between visitors, ” he said, adding that the city council had the power to shut down a Ramadan bazaar should there be a breach of these rules.
Each stall will also be charged a RM5 one-off payment for clean-up works.
Meanwhile, in Iskandar Puteri some 1,052 trading lots have been made available at 20 locations.
Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) mayor Datuk Mohd Haffiz Ahmad said the city council would organise 11 Ramadan bazaars comprising 705 lots.
“The remaining nine Ramadan bazaars with 347 lots will be managed by other organisers, ” he said.