After a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ramadan bazaars have been given the green light to reopen this fasting month – and traders are champing at the bit.
For Ros Sahilla Atira and her husband, Mohamad Hafiz, this year will mark their first ever Ramadan bazaar.
The couple, who hail from Terengganu, specialise in local cuisine including nasi dagang and pulut nyior. They used to work at a canteen in a primary school but their contract was terminated in December as health measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 kept school gates nationwide closed.
Even before that, they had struggled to turn a profit as most students were advised to bring their own food from home.
Once their contract ended, they knew they could no longer stay in Terengganu. Armed with just their savings, they moved to Selayang in Gombak, Selangor, in search of a fresh start.
“It was a last-minute decision,” Ros Sahilla told MalaysiaNow. “We couldn’t keep staying in Terengganu, so we decided to move here and start over.”
They have only been in Selayang a month but already, they know they are happy.
“Our business is performing better here than it did in Terengganu,” Ros Sahilla said.