BATU PAHAT: In order to give people the opportunity to sell buka puasa dishes, the Batu Pahat Municipal Council (MPBP) has provided more than 800 Ramadan bazaar lots in its jurisdiction.
Among the popular bazaars are those in Kampung Kenangan Datuk Onn, Taman Budaya, Taman Seri Sulong, Dataran Penggaram and Parit Raja.
A check at the Parit Raja Ramadan bazaar revealed that the public started to throng the place as early as 3.30pm to buy the various delicacies.
The bazaar, which houses more than 100 traders, has been divided into two to prevent congestion along Jalan Batu Pahat-Kluang.
Teacher Siti Aliza Bene, 27, said she came to the bazaar early to avoid the traffic congestion that would usually occur near the time of breaking of fast.
"The bazaar is well-known and attracts a lot of people. I come early to avoid the traffic congestion and to make sure that the dishes I want are available.
"If you come late, it would be difficult to find parking space," said Siti Aliza.
Housewife Salwani Kamisan, 43, said she came to the bazaar to buy her husband's favourite kuih gegetas and pecal sayur Jawa.
"It would be a bit tedious for me to cook these dishes.
"That is why I come here and I am here early.
"The bazaar has always been busy, especially with three institutes of higher learning including Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia located nearby," she said. By Mohamed Farid Noh