Ramadan bazaars allowed this year, SOP to be refined, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no restrictions imposed on economic activities this year, including setting up Ramadan bazaars, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

However, he said, a more streamlined standard operating procedure (SOP) would be set for Ramadan bazaars, to be announced at a later date.

"We will not close down businesses, I have mentioned earlier, the Raya celebration, fasting month, Ramadan bazaar and night market will go on as usual," he told reporters after partaking in the lou sang toss at a Keluarga Malaysia Chinese New Year luncheon here on Sunday (Feb 13).

Earlier, the media reported that Ramadan bazaar traders were worried they would not be able to operate due to the surge in Covid-19 cases over the past one month.

On Saturday (Feb 12), 22,802 new Covid-19 infections were recorded, taking the cumulative total to over three million.

Last week, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said Ramadan bazaars would be allowed to operate as usual in the Federal Territories this year, with existing SOP in place.

In 2020, Ramadan bazaars were not allowed nationwide to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In 2021, bazaars were only prohibited in the areas that were not under enhanced movement control order (EMCO). – Bernama

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