MELAKA: The pioneer mega Ramadan bazaar here is losing its “lustre” and the state government is working hard to revive it.
The bazaar at Jalan Hang Tuah here was once a carnival-like event attracting close to 10,000 people a day during the holy month but is now struggling to survive.
Many traders have started to close shop due to the poor response from the locals.
Chief Minister Adly Zahari said various initiatives had been taken to revive the bazaar that made its debut in 2013.
“We don’t deny the fact that the newly-approved bazaars at Klebang and Ayer Keroh have somewhat caused the one in Jalan Hang Tuah to be less attractive,” he said.
Adly said there were 87 lots at the bazaar but 22 lots had no takers.
He said there were plans to allow food truck entrepreneurs to occupy the empty spaces.
He said another option was to hold lucky draws offering RM2,000 as first prize on each weekend until the end of Ramadan.
Adly said the Melaka Historic City Council would also liven up the area with more decorative lights and ornaments.
“We have placed 400 banners within the city to promote the bazaar to the locals,” he said, adding that the current 65 traders were enjoying lower rental rates.
Traders interviewed said even getting two customers a day was hard.
“I plan to wind-up my business if the poor response were to continue, even foreigners are not patronising the bazaar,” said 43-year-old trader Syed Ibrahim.