KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — Putrajaya has announced a nationwide prohibition on Ramadan bazaars throughout the movement control order (MCO) period.

During the daily non-health press briefing today, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has decided to prohibit all forms of Ramadan bazaars as the nation complies with the MCO that will extend well into the Muslim fasting month.

“The prime minister has decided all forms of Ramadan bazaars are not allowed to operate nationwide throughout the MCO period,’’ he said. 

The announcement today came after several state governments such as Melaka, Selangor, Terengganu, Penang and Kedah stated that no Ramadan bazaar will take place this year.

However, Selangor, Pahang and even the Federal Territories, among others, had announced ‘alternative’ Ramadan bazaars in the form of online bazaars, drive-throughs, pick and pack services and e-hailing delivery.

On April 3, Ismail Sabri stated the National Security Council would draft a post-MCO standard operating procedure for bazaar operations should the need arise.