By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
SHAH ALAM, April 16 — The Federal government has agreed that any form of Ramadan bazaar that would involve the gathering of people are not allowed across Malaysia.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this includes e-bazaars that will operate from a centralised kitchen or provide drive-thru and takeaway services.
“Any form of Ramadan bazaar that offers drive-thru, or pack and pick up services, are not allowed to operate. There are no more issues on Ramadan bazaar, even if it is an e-bazaar.
“If we form a centralised area and we have 50 stalls put together and the e-hailing service come to pick up the items ordered there… such stalls are not allowed to operate,” he said in a press conference in Putrajaya today.
However, Ismail Sabri said the usual delivery service of food from individual shops can continue.
On April 8, the Selangor government, in collaboration with Grab Malaysia, had introduced the E-Bazar Ramadan Selangor Grab digital platform that allows small businesses to run during the fasting month.
Using the Grab application, the concept of the online bazaar allows customers to order their food online and a total of 15 locations in the state have been identified to be used as a central kitchen.
The Federal government had on April 3 called off Ramadan bazaars nationwide in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, after several states, including Selangor, have cancelled the annual event.