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Update: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has announced that there will be no Ramadhan bazaars this year.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has announced that Ramadhan bazaars will continue this year despite fears over Covid-19. Instead, the ministry will work with relevant parties to modify the management of the bazaars to prevent congestion.
The minister said that the bazaars are needed by the people, especially those who do not have time to cook after returning from work.
This year, it is likely that there will be a decreased number of stalls and stricter entry.
In response, Malaysians started a petition asking for bazaars to be cancelled. Over 38,000 people have signed it at the time of writing.
Bazaar Ramadhans are highly-anticipated and often draw large crowds. Terengganu is the only state so far that has banned it, instead opting for an online platform that local entrepreneurs may sign up for.
The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia has urged the Federal Territories Ministry to follow suit and cancel the physical Ramadhan bazaars as well, citing that this falls within its jurisdiction to reduce the public’s risk of exposure to Covid-19.
It is our opinion that adequate social distancing will be near-impossible to achieve given the popularity and congestion of Ramadan bazaars. Close contact will inevitably occur in parking areas, en-route and between customers and vendors.A statement made by the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia
According to the statement, the unnecessary risks taken by having physical Ramadhan bazaars will jeopardize the sacrifices the country has made in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The group warns that the country must continue to persevere to enjoy many more Ramadhans to come.
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