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Ramadan bazaars in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya this year will be a far cry from what weâ€™re used to. Instead of a leisurely stroll past stalls selling a variety of delicious food, weâ€™ll be getting our food drive-thru style, pick-and-pack or delivered right to our doorstep instead.
Federal Territories Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that a task force made up of local authorities and representatives of bazaar traders will be formed to ensure that these alternative concepts to the Ramadan bazaars will be executed smoothly.
He said that he and his officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had a meeting with bazaar trader associations on 12 April because implementing the three concepts is not as straightforward as they thought and they needed to discuss the details involved.
So, we are working with the traders themselves to figure out what needs to be done as we do not have much time before Ramadan starts.Annuar Musa via The Star
He mentioned that the pertinent details included registration of traders, the suitability of locations chosen as pick-up points and a cut off time for customers to place orders.
He added that as an incentive to encourage the traders into adopting these new concepts and to subsidise delivery costs to be paid to e-hailing services, each trader will be given RM500.
We estimate that about 1,200 DBKL and Rela officers will also be needed at these pick-up points to supervise and ensure that the proper SOPs are not contravened.Annuar Musa via The Star
Around 3,000 traders are expected to be involved with this programme.
On top of this, 66 locations in KL have been identified as potential venues for these Ramadan bazaars, with other locales such as schools and mosque compounds serving as alternatives if necessary.
On 8 April, Annuar announced these three alternative bazaar concepts, explaining that for drive-thru, traders would be grouped into segments and food would be prepacked.
Meanwhile, for pick-and-pack, customers will be allowed to make their pre-orders and payment online and the collection of food will be done in pre-determined locations.
Finally, the delivery concepts would see traders registered via platforms such as GrabFood and Food Panda.
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