— “I argued with the traders because I do not want the Ramadan bazaar to be closed by the state government, which will cause them (traders) to suffer losses.”
Those are the words of explanation by state agriculture, agro-based, entrepreneur development and cooperative committee chairman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee whose heated argument with the traders at the Peringgit Ramadan bazaar was caught on a video that went viral on social media yesterday.
He said his act of ‘scolding’ the traders was merely to ensure that they comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for Ramadan bazaar set by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
“I went to the Ramadan bazaar at around 6 pm to check on the SOP compliance among the traders.
“However, some traders at the far end of the bazaar requested to have a two-way entrance and exit system which violated the SOP as it only allows one entrance and one exit at the bazaar,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.
Norhizam said he could not allow the traders to have their way as he knew it would bring more harm than good.
“The Ramadan bazaar uses a coupon system where we can limit the number of visitors but if we open two entrances and two exits, we cannot closely monitor the situation and control the number of people coming in.
“The matter has been discussed with the local authority and they agreed that only one entrance and one exit can be opened,” he said, adding most of the other traders fully complied with the SOP at the bazaar.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency