Ramadhan roadside stalls not allowed

Azlan Othman

Operating stalls on roadsides during Ramadhan is prohibited as it violates the road act under the Public Works Department (JKR) of the Ministry of Development who has the authority to take action.

This was said by Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong during a press conference yesterday.

“We don’t encourage sellers to operate roadside stalls. That is why the drive-thru concept is introduced at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium parking area starting on May 1, which is in addition to the online businesses through e-Dagang concept,” he said.

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and District Offices are inviting businesses to use the new platform.

“We understand that there are people who are not familiar on how to use the online platform. We also discussed with AITI to enable businesses to bring their products with a cut-off time to be delivered by runners,” Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar said.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong speaks during the press conference; and cars pass Ramadhan roadside stalls. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

The minister added that the delivery will be validated by runners’ information and identifications to ensure the products sold are safely received by the buyers.

This is beneficial for businesses that opt to operate online. The Ministry of Home Affairs will post more updates in due course after the preparation is completed, the minister added.

The minister said that the drive-thru business is not uncommon in this country and needs the assistance of runners to hand over the food, thus avoiding traffic jam and queues at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium area. This method will be tested to see if it can provide income to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Asked on the situation at Tamu Selera food stalls in the capital which resembles a restaurant, the minister said other businesses can also consider merging to offset losses.

The drive-thru method will also be allowed at National Housing scheme areas by adhering to the rules and regulations set by the authorities.