The Ramadan month has just started and this is the time where Muslims fast from the day to dawn. However, it seems that we always have issues with those not fasting eating in the public.
In fact, some were extremely sensitive about seeing non-Muslims or those who cannot fast eat in public as they feel that they should respect those who are fasting.
Recently, Twitter user @AhvinRaaj shared a photo of a prohibition notice in Perak that says food establishments are not allowed to operate before 3 pm. Those who were found in violation of this rule will be fined, jailed or both.
They don’t let me dine in because it’s Bulan Puasa, apparently in Seri Iskandar, Perak, you’re not allowed to dine in, in any shops until 3pm— Ahvin Raaj (@AhvinRaaj) April 4, 2022
Even though I’m not fasting
Is this fair for all the Non-Muslims / People who are not fasting out there? pic.twitter.com/fG5CaqQUlG
“They don’t let me dine in because it’s Bulan Puasa. Even though I’m not fasting. Is this fair for all the non-muslims/people who are not fasting out there?” he wrote in his tweet.
The tweet has since gone viral, garnering over 2,600 retweets and 3,800 likes at the time of writing. Many netizens including Muslims said it is not fair for non-Muslims are not allowed to dine in anywhere before 3 pm as they feel that non-Muslims should have the right to eat whenever they want.
Not fair at all. Sometimes we have kids and they asked to take away food instead and eat somewhere in the mall ie stairs/windows. Like what?? Pity those kids had to eat like that. 🙄— Aida Shams. (@aidashams) April 4, 2022
Penat aku ajar table manner, tiber kene makan mcm tkde tempat duduk. https://t.co/YNMR0YrcTF
Some asked what if children who are too young to fast, should be put through this together with the adults.
In the meantime, the viral tweet caught the attention of Yang Dipertua Majlis Daerah Perak Tengah (MDPT), Mohd Syukri Azaari and in response, he explained that the prohibition notice is only applied to Muslim business owners.
However, it was soon cancelled as it caused too much confusion among netizens and the general public.
The authorities have also apologised for the confusion but advised the customers and business owners to respect the sensitivity of the local community during the month of Ramadan.
Nonetheless, it appears that the authorities are missing the whole point of Ramadan, which is to practice self-control.
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