12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- Thousands of people thronged Ramadan bazaars in the capital and made a beeline for shops in their vicinity on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.

A civil servant from Terengganu, Harlina Nazar, 45, said she took a four-day leave to make preparations for Aidilfitri as "Kuala Lumpur has more to offer than Terengganu at better discounts than at home."

She has set aside RM2,000 for Aidilfitri expanses for her family.

A student with an institution of higher learning from Sarawak, Nur Amira Nutfah, 27, took advantage of the semester break to shop with her family for Aidilfitri.

"Jalan Masjid India offers various types of fashion with the latest trends and designs with affordable prices, compared to that of Sarawak.



"Hence, we are willing to put up at a hotel near Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman for two nights to enable us to get everything we need for hari raya before returning home," he said.

A private sector employee from Johor, Siti Nur Bakhiah Zolkopply, 23, she came to Jalan Masjid India to look for clothing for her family as she could get them at better prices if she was prepared to bargain.

On the other hand, the Ramadan bazaars in Jalan Masjid India and Jalan Raja Alang also attracted foreign tourists who were amazed with the food galore.

"This is my first visit to Malaysia and it is a great experience to see the bazaar, the people and the food. I love the variety of food offered here," said Ryan Admiraal, 33, from United States who is on vacation with his wife.

For food stall operators like 'Abang Misai' who sell grilled fish and clothing traders like Hanani Abd Halim, 20, in Jalan Raja Alang, Ramadan means a brisk business for them.