KUCHING: The Kuching South City Council (MBKS) has decided to cancel its upcoming Ramadan bazaar. 

In a brief statement yesterday, the council said the decision was made in the interest of the health and safety of the people.

“MBKS has been monitoring closely the current situation and is in the opinion that the Ramadan bazaar where there are normally huge crowds patronising the stalls may not be appropriate and may pose a risk to the community,” it said.

The decision by the council yesterday was in line with the directive by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to not allow the bazaars to open during the movement control order (MCO).

He said the special Cabinet committee on non-health related issues pertaining to the MCO had made this decision during its meeting on Friday (April 3).

“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 was quoted to have said.

The second phase of MCO will end on April 14 and Ramadan is expected to fall on April 23.

On Friday, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting in a Facebook posting said the SMC supported the decision by the federal government and would follow suit.