‘Ramadan bazaars meant for everybody’
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.