By Jack Lapidus
THERE will be no Ramadan and Gawai bazaars this year following the Covid-19 pandemic, said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the decision was necessary to ensure the safety of Sarawakians, Borneo Post reported.
“The state government has made the decision not to allow Ramadan bazaars.
“We will not have Ramadan bazaars this year as well as Gawai bazaars, because these two (events) are held one after another,” he said after handing over food assistance in Miri today.
Though cancelled, Abang Johari however suggested that traders can still use various online platforms to sell their tasty breaking-of-fast delicacies.
“I have encouraged on the usage of technology and here in Miri we have a place called Tegas (Digital Innovation Hub) where they can learn as to how to use technology for online sales.
“I am confident that e-bazaars is one of our efforts to meet the demand from customers during Ramadan and Gawai, he said, adding that those who are not technologically savvy can learn from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Miri, Sibu and Kuching.