By Chew Lip Song
RAMADAN bazaars will be banned as long as the Movement Control Order (MCO) is in force. But the National Security Council will decide on whether the bazaars will be allowed to operate after the MCO period, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
He said the special Cabinet committee on non-health related issues pertaining to the MCO made the decision during its meeting today, The Star reported.
“We have come to a decision that for as long as the MCO is in force, there will be no Ramadan bazaars.
“After that, if there is no extension to the order, the National Security Council will come up with a post-MCO standard operating procedure. This will, among others, determine if Ramadan bazaars can operate, ” he said.
The second phase of MCO will end on April 14 and Ramadan is expected to fall on April 23.
Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Terengganu have cancelled all annual Ramadan bazaars in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced that the state – which has the highest number of Covid-19 cases – has banned all Ramadan markets and bazaars this year.