NUMEROUS exciting activities such as a foot-tapping cultural dance performance, the lion dance, 24-festive drum show and dance theatre, photo exhibition, online forum, visual quiz and many more at the Karnival Rakyat Machang Bubuk were held in accordance with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) today.
The one-day carnival at Machang Bubuk wet market was organised by Machang Bubuk service centre, in collaboration with the Taman Machang Bubuk MPKK (Village Community Management Council) and Travelmate Magazine.
Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon said the annual carnival was aimed at promoting the market and also to help small traders and hawkers in sustaining their businesses during these difficult times in view of the Covid-19 situation.
“Through this carnival, we hope to transform the market into a stage for cultural performances as well as photo exhibitions.
“Our focus is to increase public awareness on Covid-19.
“The public can also view the activities during the carnival via its official Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/KarnivalRakyatMachangBubuk/
“So, for those who missed it, they can watch all the programmes through this platform,” Lee told reporters after launching the carnival today.
According to Lee, market-goers were given a chance to vote for their favourite stalls in terms of cleanliness, prices, attractiveness and popularity.
“The stalls who win in their respective categories will be rewarded with special vouchers from us,” he added.
Lee said a special booth was also set up to help the public to register for the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
“This is important, especially for the senior citizens with morbidity issues.
“We must help them to register for the immunisation programme so that they are ready to be vaccinated in the second phase of the programme which is expected to begin in May.
“Apart from that, we have also placed a public service announcement (PSA) billboard at the market to remind the public to be vigilant and not to take the Covid-19 pandemic for granted,” he added.
Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar