02 April 2020 – Johor Sultan urges authorities not to hold Ramadam bazaars

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: The people of Malaysia
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar

Overview: The Sultan of Johor, Malaysia has urged authorities not to hold Ramadan bazaars in light of COVID-19. A little fun fact: As a multiracial country, Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a Muslim celebration that falls on 1 Syawal (at the end of a one-month fasting period). Every year during the one-month fasting period, muslims will set up huge bazaars all over the country where food are sold to everyone before they break fast. The Sultan has therefore urged the public not to carry out bazaar this year but the people may not listen as this is also an important source of their income before the event.
Full details here: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/04/02/johor-sultan-urges-authorities-not-to-hold-ramadan-bazaars

Type of Justification: Advice from a Malaysian royalty
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: His Majesty said new cases were being detected on a daily basis and now was not the time to hold any event involving mass gatherings.