Drive-thru or self pick-up Ramadan bazaars not permitted: Ismail Sabri

File photo of Ismail Sabri addressing a press conference on Covid-19.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Apr 16: Any form of physical business activities involving Ramadan bazaars and food stalls including drive-thru and pack-and-pick (self pick-up) are not allowed this year.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob emphasised that this was the decision of the meeting today in regards to the self pick-up upon order and drive-thru concepts mooted by traders for e-bazaars this Ramadan.

“Any form of businesses related to Ramadan bazaars and stalls including through drive-thru and pick-and-pack are not allowed to operate,” he told a daily press conference on MCO in Putrajaya today.

“Any form of bazaar or food stalls if being set up and e-hailing comes down to collect the orders (placed by customers), this cannot be done (implemented this year),” he elaborated.

With this clarification, he said there should be no more issue on Ramadan bazaars.

Ismail, however, said that established e-hailing service, which are already running their operations, are permitted to deliver food to homes as usual.

Yesterday (April 15), the government was looking into the concepts to ensure the number of vehicles on the road did not increase and to avoid any gatherings at a specific location.

On concerns over the rush to ‘balik kampung’ (return to hometown) during Ramadan month which is expected to start in five days (April 24) before MCO ends, he warned the public that the restriction order would be enforced strictly.

“Such as already enforced under phase one and two of the MCO, inter-state travel as well as travelling beyond 10km radius from your place of stay are not allowed.

“All measures implemented in the previous MCO will continue to be enforced in phase three. As such, travelling to return to hometown is definitely not allowed during the MCO period,” he pointed out.—DayakDaily