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IPOH, April 15 -- The Perak government will not hesitate to terminate the operation of Ramadan bazaars in the state if flouting of the standard operating procedure (SOP) continues as it can cause COVID-18 new clusters to emerge.
State Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman, Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said that since last Tuesday, it had received complaints from various quarters on uncontrolled situations like the lack of physical distancing and bringing small children to the bazaars.
"If these situations still remain and we receive more complaints on non-compliance with the SOP, we will consider closing the Ramadan bazaars. We want the complaints minimised as we do not want COVID-19 cases to increase in Perak due to Ramadan bazaar clusters.
"We also have a number of agencies like the local authorities and police to issue compounds to those who flout the SOP set by the government," she told reporters after officiating at the opening of the community library at the Seri Kepayang apartments under the People’s Housing Project (PPR), here, today.
Nolee Ashilin said the local authorities and police played an important role in giving early warnings before issuing compounds to the errant or stubborn ones.
"We have issued such a directive to the local authorities to ensure strict compliance with the SOP at every Ramadan bazaar. We’ve also sternly warned the organisers of the bazaars about not being lax on this,” she added.
Last Monday, Nolee Ashilin said the Perak government had not yet decided to cancel the Ramadan bazaars although some other states had done so to curb the spread of COVID-19, as it was felt that the situation in Perak was still under control based on the two-digit increase in new daily cases.
On the community library, she said the project, fully completed last December, was the first PPR mini library in Perak, set up at a cost of RM61,000 and the project would be extended to other PPR in the state.