The Federal Territories (FT) Ministry has announced that a RM500 incentive will be offered to traders who are participating in the new Ramadan trade concept which was suggested recently. As previously reported, Ramadan bazaars have been banned throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period due to COVID-19 concerns.
“Registration will be open on April 14 until April 17. We will return their RM120 Ramadan bazaar deposits and provide a RM500 incentive for traders who agree to register for this new programme,” said FT minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa during a live broadcast on Facebook.
The minister adds that the incentive will help more than 3,000 registered traders cover service charges and fees imposed by operators such as e-hailing services. The trade concept introduces three different approaches, including drive-through, pack and pick, as well as e-hailing delivery.
“Traders will need to register with the e-hailing companies within four days, that is from April 14-17 so that preparations for the applications can be worked on and completed before the first day of Ramadan,” advised Annuar Musa.
Additionally, he also mentions that food and drink stalls are allowed to operate throughout Ramadan, but only at certain designated locations. The ministry is planning to meet with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) registered bazaar organisers to discuss guidelines for the new trade concept.
The meeting will see the involved parties deciding on suitable locations, as well as the total number of participating traders. “We will have to deploy 1,200 enforcement personnel from RELA and DBKL to help supervise these areas as we do not want any congestion during the ‘pick up’ or ‘drive-thru’ process, besides also ensuring social distancing is adhered to,” he adds.
(Source / Header image: Bernama)