Melaka’s ‘mega’ Ramadan bazaar loses its appeal


Zero activity: The Jalan Hang Tuah Ramadan bazaar is devoid of crowds and traders.

MELAKA: It was touted as Melaka’s pioneer mega bazaar but Jalan Hang Tuah Ramadan couldn’t live up to its expectation and its run is scheduled to come to an end following the lukewarm response it received.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali has asked Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) to offer traders at the bazaar spaces at other busier sites.

“I suggest the organiser quickly dismantle the tents before incurring more losses and I will also ask MBMB to assist them (organiser) in whatever ways, ” he said yesterday.

“Newer bazaars have gained popularity among the locals and it would be better for the organiser to stop hoping that traders would rent the stalls, ” he said.

On April 15, The Star reported that the Jalan Hang Tuah Ramadan bazaar was “empty” for the second time with almost no takers.

MBMB mayor Datuk Zainal Abu said the council has cautioned the organiser to anticipate a tepid response based on the 2019 experience.

Zainal noted that the proximity of similar bazaars has driven away traders from renting the stalls along Jalan Hang Tuah.

The mega Ramadan bazaar Jalan Hang Tuah, which made its debut in 2013, was a carnival-like event attracting close to 10,000 people at its peak.

In 2019, many traders had gradually begun closing down their stalls halfway through the Ramadan month due to the lack of response from the locals.

Last year, Ramadan bazaars were not permitted to operate in the state in order to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Nation

Cop found dead with gunshot wound in Muar
Bukit Aman, Australian police to work together over drug case after arrest of M’sian, seizure of 450kg heroin
Illicit flow of funds not linked to Pandora Papers, says Najib
Covid-19 Watch: 6,145 new cases bring total to 2,390,687
R&R stops in Johor return to life and hotel occupancy soars after travel restrictions lifted
Students glad to be back in school after months of home learning
Over RM2.5mil worth of luxury car parts and booze seized in Johor
KL police advise Pekan Kepong PPR residents to be cautious, share crime trends
Pangkor hotels record 78% in occupancy rate, more tourists arrivals expected in Perak, says exco member
KJ jokingly says he uses ‘vaccine genies’ to protect Malaysia

Others Also Read


Vouchers