We are in the last few days of Ramadhan when Muslims are required to spend more time in prayer, introspection and giving charity. Regrettably, they are bombarded with advertisements to buy and consume more. “Hari Raya Sales”, “Raya Ni Mesti Cun, Jualan Hebat up to 50%” are some of the advertisements to tempt consumers.
Advertising sales without misleading consumers and violating regulations may be acceptable. What is objectionable is linking sales promotion to Eid-al-Fitr celebtation. It desacralises a highly spiritual event. What are the authorities and the Ulama doing? They need to take firm action to stop this desacralisation of Islam.
“Ramadan Buffet…The Buka Puasa feast in this hotel is recognized to be among the most exciting spreads…has drawn an increasing number of patrons for corporate entertainment and family dining… The menu comprises more than 100 dishes daily…as you break your fast to the tantalizing treats available, live Ghazal Asli music fills the air…a Surau is made available for our Muslim patrons’ convenience…RM95 nett per adult and RM48 nett per child…”
This is an advertisement that appeared in a local daily on the last day of Rejab this year, one month before Ramadhan. More such advertisements will appear as we get nearer to Ramadhan promoting clothes, shoes, carpets, curtains, and other goods and services.
The Consumers Association of Penang urges the Department of Agriculture Kedah and the Drainage and Irrigation Department to take immediate action to assist 30 farmers in Kampung Ewa, Langkawi Island to rehabilitate their paddy fields which have remained idle for the past three years.
The paddy fields covering about 100 acres have been left unattended due to insufficient water supply to irrigate the paddy fields in this village.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry to study and take necessary action to resolve the problem of poor soil condition in the paddy fields in Kerian District, Perak. The soil here is liquefied, soft and mucky.
CAP is concerned that if the poor soil problem is not tackled immediately it may affect the income and livelihood of the farmers in this area and undermine the country’s agriculture sector in the future.
Today is the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and Muslims worldwide will observe fasting and in the evening perform the tarawih prayer in mosques and surau.
Ramadan is a holy month, a month when the al-Quran that is full of lessons for mankind was revealed. We should be prepared to welcome this month with the hope that it will make us a better human being in the sight of Allah SWT.
Disclosure by a local newspaper about wastefulness during Ramadan is appalling. The report revealed that 1,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by Malaysians a day during the fasting month. 1,000 one-tonne trucks are needed to transport the waste that is dumped and this amount can provide for 7 million people.