KUALA LUMPUR, 23 April 2021:
Following appeals from petty traders, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced Aidil Fitri bazaars across Malaysia can operate beyond the previous midnight cutoff and stay open till 2am.
The extended bazaar operational hours are effective from tomorrow (Saturday), he said at the news conference on the development of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Recovery MCO today.
“We were informed that visitors will only go out after Isyak and tarawih prayers, and when we allow them (traders) to operate until midnight, their business hours are too short.”
He also said the Covid-19 technical committee meeting today decided the government will still maintain the ban on interstate travel due to the the rise in daily Covid-19 positive cases in the country.
Noting that 38 interstate travel clusters involving 5,471 cases were recorded from Dec 20 last year to April 20 and seven clusters involving 423 cases were recorded this month alone, he said: “These interstate travel clusters not only spreading Covid-19 to green zone areas.”
For example in Kelantan, he said a total of 10 interstate travel clusters have been recorded since Dec 7 last year – some of which are still active until now.
“Activities such as returning to the village to attend social functions also increase the risk of infection to vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children,” strongly hinting Raya ‘balik kampung’ is unlikely to happen again this year.