There are always bazaars or exhibitions organised around the festive seasons of the various ethnic and religious groups here.
Currently, the Muslims are preparing for the Hari Raya celebration. Bazaars have been set up in several parts of the island, especially at Geylang Serai.
All kinds of food and delicacies are on display for purchase, in addition to clothing, footwear, headgear and household decorations, including curtains, carpets and chandeliers.
The booths and stalls at these bazaars have increased in number in recent years, due to traders who seize the opportunity to promote their general products and items.
These items, such as insurance policies and properties, are not related to the forthcoming celebrations and run counter to the original spirit and purpose of these bazaars.
In order to preserve the identity of the culture, it would be more appropriate for bazaar organisers to restrict stalls to traders who sell traditional products or related items for the festivities.
This will enable visitors to the bazaar to learn more about the festival and the significance of the occasion.
This is not discriminatory against the other traders, as opportunities for them are available all year round.
Syed Alwi Altahir