PETALING JAYA: Only few days left for the holy month of Ramadan to come around but no decision has been made yet on whether or not Ramadan bazaars in Malaysia should go on this year, in view of the continuous spike in the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing Movement of Control Order (MCO) which nobody could really know when it could be lifted though the government set it to April 14 only.
It is most likely there will be no Ramadan bazaars, especially large Ramadan food markets, if Covid-19 outbreak will have not yet been fully contained by then and if MCO extended.
Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press conference yesterday that It would be up to the Ministry of Health to decide whether or not Ramadan bazaars should be allowed to operate this year.
“Whatever it is the Ministry of Health’s guideline such as people are not permitted to be in a crowd and social distancing of one meter from one another should be complied.
“Creative ideas like having e-bazaar online and drive through Ramadhan bazzars for example could be materialised without dismissing the Ministry of Health’s guidelines,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.
In another development, the Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa also pointed out that the Health Ministry and the National Security Council had to be consulted first, in case MCO is extended further.
Annuar tweeted yesterday that the local authorities would brief him on Friday (April 3) on Ramadan bazaars move.
Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start on Thursday, 23 April. Malaysians will be advised to continue ” stay- safe -at home” if MCO extended. But if Malaysians wish for the Ramadan bazaar to continue despite of the pandemic spike, Noor Hisham said, they should follow the MCO and Ministry of health` s guidelines in crowded places such as social distancing of up to one metre and good hygiene must be practiced.
“We need to take all precautionary measured to break the chain of Covid-19 infections,” he said – Malaysia World News (MWN).