Bazaar Ramadan is so much a part of the Malaysian culture during the fasting month, it's quite upsetting to think that the annual event will be cancelled because of COVID-19 and Movement Control Order (MCO).
Ramadan is also the time for many small and medium businesses to make some extra money for the Raya period. Many who already had to close shop for the time being will be further impacted if the bazaars are cancelled.
Good news is, Ramadan bazaars may be continued, despite some changes.
Need to observe restrictions
Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the bazaars could go on, provided that Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is followed.
“Pasar tani and the wet markets are still open now, where crowds can be avoided, and safe distancing can still be done.
“Given that people follow the guidelines for crowd control, there is a possibility for a Ramadhan bazaar to proceed, as long as precautionary measures are being taken,” he said during a COVID-19 update on 31 March 2020.
Free Malaysia Today also reported on the issue, quoting Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa, as saying that the bazaars will continue, at least in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
Annuar said the way the bazaars are held, however, will be reviewed.
"I want this matter to be looked at as previous Ramadan bazaars were big and spread out, and we probably cannot do the same," he reportedly said.
Chances are, the number of stalls in an area will be limited and spread out, but no final plans have been confirmed.
Annuar also said the review of events such as Ramadan bazaars will be done regardless of whether MCO has ended, as we have to imporve our lifestyle and not just exercise self-discipline during the movement control.
"There are many things we can learn and continue to practise post-MCO," he had said.
What do you guys think? Will you be going to any bazaars if the COVID 19 threat is still present?