GEORGE TOWN: Penang has decided not to allow Ramadan bazaars to operate this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang Security Council Committee (JKKN) made a decision after considering the safety of the people.
"The committee has decided to cancel all Ramadan bazaars in Penang to curb spread of Covid-19.
"The decision was made this morning after considering the safety and security of the people," he said in a press conference broadcasted live via his personal Facebook page on Friday (April 3).
Earlier, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the special Cabinet committee on non-health related issues pertaining to the movement control order (MCO) at a meeting on Friday (April 3) had decided not to allow any Ramadan bazaars to operate nationwide for the time being.
“We have come to a decision that for as long as the MCO is in force, there will be no Ramadan bazaars.
“After that, if there is no extension to the order, the National Security Council will come up with a post-MCO standard operating procedure.
"This will, among others, determine if Ramadan bazaars can operate, ” he said.
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