Ipoh was like a ghost city following the enactment of Movement Control Order (MCO) on 18th March, 2020. Finally, after almost three months in different stages of lockdown, it is the turn of morning & night markets, bazaars, pasar tani, pasar tamu, and the likes, to operate their businesses on 15th June.
On Tuesday, 16th June, popular night bazaar situated in the heart of Ipoh City, Gerbang Malam, resumed operations. At the invitation of the Ipoh City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh), Perak Menteri Besar YAB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu dropped by to personally witness how the new normal is adopted.
YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi (Perak State ExCo for Housing, Local Government, Public Transport and Tourism) as well as Ipoh City Mayor YBhg Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin@Md Daud alongside Tuan Haji Musa Dun (Pengarah Kanan – Perkhidmatan dan Operasi MBI) were also in attendance.
YAB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal expressed satisfaction at how the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is observed, according to the guidelines set by the Malaysia Health Ministry, to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection.
Beginning 17th June, Gerbang Malam operates from 5pm until midnight while regular night markets (pasar malam) will open from 4pm until 10pm, for the entire duration of Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), which is slated to end on 31st August.
It is hoped that the resumption of businesses for longer hours every evening would help Gerbang Malam vendors recoup their losses of the last three months, albeit the requirement of shoppers to abide by the SOP, which includes sharing of personal particulars, plus going through a temperature scan.
Event: Perak Menteri Besar’s Visit @ Reopening of Gerbang Malam
Add: Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Date: 16th June, 2020