Parti Amanah Negara’s Salor assemblyperson Husam Musa has questioned why the Kelantan state government is ordering all businesses to close shop for the maghrib (after sunset) prayers.
Husam said the order should only be limited to Muslim proprietors, as non-Muslims don’t need to perform maghrib prayers.
“In this case, non-Muslims don’t need to pray (during maghrib). So why is this ruling being expanded to non-Muslims? It is enough to enforce it on Muslims only,” Husam said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
A warning whistle will reportedly be blown 15 minutes before the azan (call to prayer), and once more 10 minutes before.
The Kota Bharu Municipal Council had reportedly implemented the system a year ago.
Fattah said errant traders would be given a warning first, and repeat offenders would face temporary barring of their businesses.