MELAKA: The state will limit approvals for Ramadan bazaar lots in 2020 after an inflated number this year led to many first-time traders facing hardship.
Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the state government was studying the performance of Ramadan bazaars here this year and would come up with a proper mechanism for suitable locations next year.
“We have to acknowledge that too many approvals were given out this year and there is a need to regulate the permits,” he said at Seri Negeri here yesterday.
“We need to ensure that traders at Ramadan bazaars enjoy brisk sales and also give those with experience the opportunity to do business,” he added.
Adly said the study would also determine the right quantum for lot rentals so as not to burden the traders.
He said the state government was also attempting to attract more visitors to the pioneer Ramadan bazaar in Melaka along Jalan Hang Tuah.
On a separate matter, Adly said plans are being made to ensure there is adequate water supply during the Ramadan and Hari Raya periods as the barometer at the Durian Tunggal Dam is dwindling.
It currently stands at 36.2%.
“We will have reinforcement from Jus Dam and also additional supply from Johor if the level at the Durian Tunggal Dam continues to deplete,” he said, adding that the supply at the Melaka Dam could last until June 15 even if there is not a single drop of rain this week.