Good news to Aidilfitri bazaar traders as the Melaka state government has allowed them to extend their business hours until 2AM everyday.
However, the leeway comes with a caution from the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali. He reminds the bazaar operators, traders, and visitors to always comply with the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali
The decision to allow Aidilfitri bazaar to operate until 2AM is made following the announcement by the National Security Council (MKN) that extends the operating hours from 12AM to 2AM effective from April 23rd.
“The ruling depends on the decision to be made by NSC from time to time based on the number of new Covid-19 cases. So it (operation until 2am) can be revoked at any time if it is found there is a violation of the prescribed SOP or if there is an increase in cases,” he said after opening the 2021 Ramadan Mega Bazaar at Tapak Dataran MITC.
Image via The Sun Daily
It is mentioned that this year’s Ramadan Bazaar involved the participation of 270 traders who had registered and paid the deposit last year, but the programme was cancelled due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that MKN held a meeting with the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) today with regards to the SOPs for Raya Celebrations. The meeting includes discussion for SOPs regarding elements of Raya celebrations like the Eid Takbir, Aidilfitri prayers, visiting cemeteries, and others.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
“The discussion is still ongoing as there have been rebuttals by JAKIM on several of these elements, and we will review and improve the SOPs, and God-willing, we will announce the detailed SOPs next week,” he said.
To be honest, I’m not sure if this is a good move considering the number of cases has been on a rise lately. But, I really hope everyone follow the SOPs. I’m sure we don’t want another MCO to happen :/
Credits to Malay Mail for the initial coverage.