JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has no intention to extend the operating hours of Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri bazaars.
State housing and local government committee chairman said at present, the operating hours of Ramadan bazaars were from 3pm to 8pm; while Aidilfitri bazaars were allowed to operate no later than midnight.
“The current hours are seen as ample time for the traders and public to do their shopping.
“Although there are demands for the Aidilfitri bazaars to go on until past midnight, especially on the eve of Hari Raya, where traders usually offer good bargains and ‘lelong’, we want to avoid overcrowding, which typically happens during this time.
“I am glad to say that so far, there have been no Covid-19 outbreaks or clusters coming from the 198 bazaar locations throughout the state.
“I hope we can continue keeping it that way and I want to remind both the traders and visitors to keep following the stipulated pandemic standard operating procedure, ” he said during his walkabout at the Taman Universiti Ramadan bazaar here yesterday.
Ayub said while there was a slight dip in bazaar sales this year compared to last year, the traders remain upbeat about the situation.
“Some 10,000 traders at all the 198 locations have recorded an accumulated sales of about RM300mil at the half-way mark of the Ramadan month.
“After speaking to some of them, I found that they were happy to be given the opportunity to operate in public during the pandemic, ” he said.