All business premises, including shopping complexes, supermarkets, convenience stores and fast-food restaurants in Kelantan have been ordered to close for a day in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha yesterday (10 July).
According to NST, Kota Baru Municipal Council Islamic City (MPKB-BRI) secretary Mohd Shaifudeen Md Salleh said this directive applied to all business, regardless of whether it is run by Muslims or non-Muslims.
It was reported that the notice was issued on 6 July by the state government.
“I would like to confirm that the notice is valid and applies to all, including non-Muslim operators in Kelantan. It was issued by the state government,” he was quoted as saying by the English daily.
He said operators who failed to close their business only for one day, the first day of Hari Raya Aidiladham could have their business licences revoked.
Speaking of the directive, Mohd Shaifudeen also urged businesses in the state to co-operate and respect the order.
It is reported that over 300 business operators in the town area were affected by the directive.
Meanwhile, Malaysiakini reported that its source in the Kelantan local government exco’s office also confirmed the directive and iterated that the order is nothing new as it has been issued for many years now.
However, the state government had planned to reinforce this directive this year after being lenient on its implementation in recent years whereby previously, premises can still ask for exemptions.
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