‘Ra­madan bazaars meant for ev­ery­body’

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Irene C reporters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: Ra­madan bazaars are meant for ev­ery­body and not just for Mus­lims to buy food and drinks dur­ing the fast­ing month.

This is what Sarawak is best known for, and unity among the peo­ple should be main­tained at all times, said Min­is­ter in the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice ( In­tegrity and Om­buds­man) Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

“Ra­madan bazaar is good. We don’t look at the race and reli­gion of peo­ple who pa­tro­n­ise the bazaar,” he said at the launch of MBKS Stu­tong Mar­ket’s Ra­madan bazaar yes­ter­day. Talib was rep­re­sent­ing Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg at the event.

He also re­minded the peo­ple to be wary of out­siders who come to Sarawak to break the peo­ple apart and in­cite them to fight one an­other. He said those ex­trem­ists should be ig­nored as they would ben­e­fit no one.

“We have a good cul­ture here, the peo­ple are liv­ing har­mo­niously to­gether de­spite their dif­fer­ences. This must be main­tained at all times.” The bazaar, which is par­tic­i­pated by 150 traders, also gives chance to the traders to earn ex­tra in­come dur­ing the fast­ing month.

Ear­lier, the Ra­madan bazaar or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Cr Iskan­dar Sharkawi re­minded the traders and pa­trons to keep the place clean and hy­gienic.

He also urged the pa­trons to bring their own con­tain­ers to put the food and drinks in so that the traders won’t have to rely on plas­tic and non- biodegrad­able pack­ag­ing. The traders and visi­tors are also pro­vided with prayer room and toi­lets for their com­fort and con­ve­nience.

Mayor Datuk James Chan, deputy mayor Hilmy Oth­man and De­mak Laut assem­bly­man Dr Ha­z­land Abang Hipni were also present at the event.

Ra­madan bazaar is good. We don’t look at the race and reli­gion of peo­ple who pa­tro­n­ise the bazaar. Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Min­is­ter in the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (In­tegrity and Om­buds­man)

A trader pre­pares ‘sa­tay’ at his Ra­madan bazaar stall.

A stall owner busy pre­par­ing murtabak for his cus­tomers.

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