Grab Malaysia will be working with the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur state governments to digitise Ramadan bazaars and deliver Ramadan favourites right to Malaysian homes. Both the governments of Selangor and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur officially announced their partnership with Grab today.
“In the spirit of supporting micro-entrepreneurs and keeping the community spirit of Ramadan alive, Grab has partnered with local councils in the implementation of a safe, hygienic, and socially distanced Bazar Ramadan,” said Grab. “Grab e-Bazar Ramadan allows customers to order their favourite food from merchants of the bazaars without having to leave their homes. As a Grab e-Bazar Ramadan Merchant, you get to operate your stall and have your food delivered to your customers by our delivery partners.”
According to Grab, it is currently engaging with other state councils on the possibility of digitising their local Ramadan bazaars as well. In addition to the e-Bazar Ramadan, Grab has also launched two other initiatives for Ramadan. GrabFood Ramadan Favourites is a collaboration between Grab and its restaurant partners to curate traditional Ramadan-favourite menus on GrabFood. Meanwhile, GrabExpress Ramadan allows local businesses and social sellers to continue running their business and deliver their products via GrabExpress. Interested parties can sign up to join these initiatives via Grab’s website.
Earlier on 1 April, the Selangor government announced that the state will be cancelling all Ramadan bazaars for the year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Later, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that all Ramadan bazaars nationwide would not be allowed while the movement control order (MCO) was still in force. While the MCO is set to be enforced until 14 April, the government is currently deciding on a possible extension, with the announcement to be made this Friday. This year, the holy month of Ramadan will begin on 24 April.