KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- The government encourages the setting up of Ramadan bazaars as it provides people an avenue to do business where the returns are very lucrative, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said for petty traders, Ramadan was an opportune month for them to earn a good income.
As for patrons, besides a carnival like atmosphere, they had the opportunity buy food items at reasonable prices, he told reporters after making a visit to the Ramadan bazaar in Jalan Raja Alang here Saturday.
Earlier, Najib had handed out "lambuk" porridge contributed by the Tourism Ministry in cooperation with Petronas and Maggi to Muslims at the compound of Masjid Jamek, Kampung Baru.
Najib said the government had also taken the step of reducing the licence fee for Ramadan bazaar operators in Kuala Lumpur to only RM14 per stall this year.
"This decision by government was to help the traders although we know the profit they make during Ramadan is far higher than during normal times," he said
Najib was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and children Nur Ashman and Nur Najwa.
The family spent about an hour visiting the Ramadan bazaar and also bought some of the delicacies on sale.
Asked what they bought, Najib said:"All kinds of delicacies. During Ramadan everything looks delicious."
The presence of the Prime Minister and his family was warmly received not only by the traders but visitors alike, who were surprised to see them there.
Not only that, they also got to meet former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had come to do Ramadan shopping at the bazaar.
Najib greeted Dr Mahathir when they met each other in one section of the bazaar.
Dr Mahathir's coming to the Ramadan bazaar in Jalan Raja Alang came as no surprise to the regulars of the bazaar as he had been coming there each Ramadan. -- BERNAMA