SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan will allow Ramadan bazaars to be set up during the fasting month if the number of Covid-19 cases remains under control, says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
The Mentri Besar said all local councils in the state have been asked to identify areas where these bazaars could be set up while following the standard operating procedure (SOP) strictly.
Negri Sembilan was the first state to ban Ramadan bazaars last year to stem the spread of Covid-19.
"If pasar malam (night markets) are allowed to be opened in Negri Sembilan under the present conditional movement control order, I don't see why we shouldn't allow Ramadan bazaars.
"We have also asked the state Islamic Affairs Department and the Mufti's office to come up with the SOP for buka puasa and terawih prayers," he told reporters at his office in Wisma Negri on Friday (March 5).
Muslims will observe the month of Ramadan starting from April 12 or 13.
Aminuddin said the state government would comply with the decision of the National Security Council if it decides against allowing the bazaars to operate.
Local councils have also been told to look for sites that had ample parking and other facilities.
"We do not want overcrowding like in previous bazaars.
"I have told the local councils that if there is a need, we can open more bazaars to control the crowd," he said, adding that the state Health Department and police have also been asked to provide their input.
Aminuddin also noted that generally, the people were abiding by the SOP to prevent the spread of the disease, especially at places of worship.
He said they should continue to follow all the guidelines to prevent the emergence of new clusters.