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Fines, jail sentences or each can be imposed on wholesome Muslims that had been caught intentionally consuming or ingesting in public locations in the course of the holy month of Ramadan.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman stated that the offenders might be prosecuted below Section 15 of the Penang Syariah Criminal Law Enactment 1996.
The regulation gives for a advantageous not exceeding RM1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or each, for the primary offence, if convicted.
For subsequent offenses, the offenders could also be fined no more than RM2,000 or imprisoned for no more than a 12 months or each.
“During the fasting month, Penang will organise a marketing campaign to honour Ramadan by holding an built-in operation, which is likely one of the manifestations of the state’s Islamic administration’s initiative to ask Muslims to glorify the holy month collectively.
“The objective of the integrated operation is to raise the awareness of Muslims as well as to eradicate acts of disrespect for the month of Ramadan such as deliberately eating or drinking in public while not being sick,” Zakiyuddin was quoted by Bernama.
The Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) president additionally stated that below the identical part of the enactment, motion may be taken in the direction of people who promote meals, drinks, cigarettes or different related objects in public to Muslims.
“The operation will be carried out by the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP) in collaboration with agencies such as the Penang City Council (MBPP), Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), the Penang Health Department and the JHEAIPP Halal Management Division,” he added.
Zakiyuddin additionally stated that JHEAIPP had recognized about 120 hotspots to conduct the joint operation.
“We hope that this integrated operation will be able to raise awareness for Muslims in Penang to make Ramadan this year the best Ramadan of all,” he stated.