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KUCHING, Apr 24: Even though this Ramadan will be very different for not only the Muslim community but all Sarawakians due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) continuing till May 12, worry not as customers can still get their cravings for good ‘buka puasa’ food delivered to their doorsteps.
The state government has initiated 11 Sarawakku Sayang online Ramadan bazaars or BROSS via Facebook in view of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in place of traditional bazaar this year.
They are BROSS Kuching and Samarahan, BROSS Simanggang, BROSS Sarikei, BROSS Miri, BROSS Serian, BROSS Sibu, BROSS Bintulu, BROSS Kapit, BROSS Sibu Town Square, BROSS Mukah/Dalat/Oya and BROSS Betong/Sri Aman.
Minister of of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah emphasised that due to the unprecedented times, women entrepreneurs have to do business out of the norm.
“With Covid-19 still looming over our heads and MCO still enforced, our women entrepreneurs must capitalise doing business online.
“Every cloud has its silver lining. This the right time to normalise the ‘new norm way’ of doing business,” she said in a press release today.
She informed that the 11 BROSS were registered and monitored by Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development (Mintred).
Furthermore, Fatimah added that it was in line with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision to push Sarawak forward through digital economy.
“My Ministry through the state Women and Family Department has been advocating online business through ePreneurs which can give access to bigger market, with the luxury of working from home and using pre-order strategy,” she elaborated.
She also urged home-based food traders to give attention to food handling in the whole chain of production from preparation, cooking, packing, delivery up to receiving end to ensure that food sold in the online bazaars were safe for consumption.
“I must congratulate the good effort by the team from Pustaka Negeri in producing 29 posters and five videos to promote and enhance community awareness on food handling and safety in compliance with the MCO guidelines,” she commended.
Fatimah said that various agencies including her ministry, Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS), Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Mintred, and Pustaka Negeri will actively promote BROSS among its target groups, in websites and other social media platforms.—DayakDaily