Now Sarawak says food vendors can only sell online for Ramadan

Ramadan bazaars have so far been banned in Sarawak, Sabah, Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan.

KUCHING: Food vendors in Sarawak will only be allowed to do business through the e-bazaar concept during the fasting month, a state minister clarified today.

Yesterday, Sarawak Tourism Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah announced that food vendors would be allowed to operate from 3pm to 10pm during Ramadan in their house compounds for takeaways. This included hotels, restaurants and fast food restaurants.

However, today, he said the State Disaster Management Committee had decided to make several adjustments after receiving feedback on its earlier decision.

“Food delivery services for the e-bazaar Ramadan will be from 7am to 7pm.

“Hotels and restaurants are also allowed to sell food during Ramadan  online from 7am to 7pm,” he said at a press conference here today.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii had urged the state government not to relax restrictions under the movement control order (MCO) by allowing food vendors to sell takeaway food at their house compounds during Ramadan.

“This decision effectively opens people’s homes to outsiders who may be carriers of the virus without knowing it, especially for asymptomatic patients.

“This may also encourage lingering outside or unnecessary travels late at night. Currently the cases, especially in Kuching, are still high and our death rate and other statistics are still worrying,” said Yii.

Meanwhile, the disaster committee’s chairman, Douglas Uggah Embas, said Sarawak had recorded four new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 459.

He also said persons under investigation (PUI) cases in Sarawak had increased from 155 yesterday to 257 today after contact tracing had been intensified in Kuching.

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