Religious Dept to monitor 50 ‘hotspots’

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  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2015

CYBER cafes, snooker centres and family entertainment centres are said to be among the hotspots frequented by those fasting during the Ramadan month.

The state Islamic Affairs Department has identified 50 such places on the island and the mainland.

State Religious Affairs, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said many individuals were found patronising such places during the fasting month instead of coffee shops and eateries, where they could be easily spotted.

He said this came to light when 96 people were picked up at cyber cafes, snooker centres and family entertainment centres last year.

“As most of those fasting were arrested in such centres, we will tighten enforcement at these places this year,” Abdul Malik said in a press conference in Komtar, George Town, to announce the operations that would be carried out during the coming Ramadan month.

Abdul Malik said the department would also hold joint operations with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) during Ramadan to check on vice activities.

He said food outlets that promoted Ramadan buffet spreads would also be checked to ensure the premises had obtained halal certification.

He said that last year nine hotels and four restaurants were issued notices for having Ramadan buffets without halal certificates.

Abdul Malik also said that during Ramadan this year, 217 mosques in the state would receive between RM1,000 to RM5,000 for their activities.

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