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JHEAIPP will enforce ‘Ponteng Puasa’ hotspots raid throughout Ramadhan in Penang

Action will be taken to people who break the rules according to laws enacted
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FOR METRO SOUTH EAST..........STANDING ALONE....pic only A lot of people visiting Bazaar Ramadan to buy foods for breaking fast at Taman Adda Height, Johor Baru. Pic by ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star

During Ramadhan, the enforcement section of the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP) will monitor 120 hotspots across the state that are suspected of being used by people who skip fasting.

Numerous agencies are said to be joining the force of JHEAIPP’s enforcement division in monitoring about 120 hotspots in Penang.

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PENANG 07/11/2019: Deputy Chief Minister II Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman was seen near the lobby after exiting the hall during the State Assembly session here at Dewan Sri Pinang on November 7th. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN

The monitoring would be carried out through integrated operations, assisted by agencies such as the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), Penang’s Health Department and JHEAIPP’s Halal Management Division.

Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman

The force is not only focusing on raiding Muslims who does not fast but also the cleanliness of the premises, as well as food handling, compliance with the license application’s criteria, and other connected legal provisions.

The actions taken demonstrated the state’s Islamic administration’s earnestness in inviting all Muslims to commemorate the holy month, which will be celebrated soon.

Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman hopes that the operation enforced will raise the awareness among Muslims to make this year’s Ramadhan the best of all.

It also aims to eliminate acts of contempt towards the holy month, such as ‘uzur syarie,’ or purposely eating or drinking in public without any interference.

Section 15 of the Penang Syariah Criminal Law Enactment 1996 would apply to those found guilty.

If found guilty, they can be fined up to RM1,000 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both.

“Upon conviction, a person can be fined up to RM2,000 or imprisoned for up to a year, or both,” says the law.

In compliance of this raid, Penang launched a campaign called ‘Respect Ramadhan Campaign’ and determined to invite public in joining to make the campaign success.

Nurul Izzah
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