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Bandarku Ceria gains pace slowly but surely

Adib Noor

With the ease of restrictions as the Sultanate takes another step into the Endemic Phase, the Bandarku Ceria Programme (BKC) is slowly but surely regaining pace.

“I’m happy that we can continue to operate at the city centre,” said regular vendor Hajah Adillah, who sells pre-loved items along with her family.

Hajah Adillah said regular vendors are now allowed to set up shop in the capital, which began last Sunday.

At the initial stages of the re-opening of BKC, vendors were restricted to the parking area opposite the Royal Regalia Museum.

“It was inconvenient for us regular vendors, who are mostly Kampong Ayer residents.

“It was quite a distance to transport our items, and business was slow as it was too far for visitors as well,” she said.

However, yesterday saw the city centre buzzing as early as 6am with bikers passing through, families jogging and smiles everywhere as the public celebrated looser mask requirements in the Sultanate.

“My friends always talked about the BKC experience, but I never had joined. I’m glad I finally get to experience it today,” said 30-year-old Alimin.

The first-time visitor said he appreciated the open space and the atmosphere.

“It feels like everyone knows that there is something special here and they want to keep it that way.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show people enjoying the various activities during Bandarku Ceria yesterday. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR