Wednesday, May 27

Locals throng Ramadan bazaar on first day of fasting month

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A trader crushes stalks of sugarcanes to obtain the fresh, thirst-quenching juice.

SIBU: The Ramadan bazaar at Sibu Town Square Phase II is always a hit among the locals.

The 173-stall bazaar is offering a wide variety of local delicacies and drinks till June 12 – almost throughout the fasting month.

Apart from food and drinks, some stalls are selling clothing.

Sibu Stall Operators Association chairman Hussin Salim said a huge crowd of visitors came early on the first day of Ramadan.

“Usually, people would go to the bazaar here after office hours. Thursday, being a public holiday in Sarawak, had food lovers checking out the stalls as early as 4pm.

“We also expect a big crowd in the weekends,” he said.

The Ramadan bazaar is jointly run by Ramadan Bazaar Committee and Sibu Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth.

Traders are urged to keep their stalls clean, apart from ensuring that the food is properly covered to keep out the flies.

Meanwhile, there was also a big crowd thronging Bandong Walk in Kampung Bandong here on Thursday, just before ‘buka puasa’ (break-of-fast).

Ramadan bazaars, which attract Muslims and non-Muslims from all walks of life, are ideal platforms to strengthen racial and religious harmony and unity.