KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): The Terengganu PAS government does not intend to order restaurants to close at night during Ramadan as the Kelantan government has done, says Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.
He said the two states handled issues their own way and, for now, he does not see any need for Terengganu to implement such a ruling.
"We have to gauge the local atmosphere and problems. We have to consider being flexible. There is no one set of rules for everybody over such things.
"I think Kelantan has its own reasons for ordering eateries to shut. Every state is unique,” he told reporters on Tuesday (May 7) after officiating at the Yayasan Terengganu Gold Medal Awards 2019 and SPM, STPM and STAM Excellence Awards 2018.
It has been reported that restaurant operators in Kelantan have been ordered to cease operations from 8.30pm to 10pm during Ramadan as a gesture to honour the fasting month and to encourage
Muslims to perform terawih prayers regularly in mosques and surau.
The order was issued to all local authority management heads in Kelantan via a letter signed by the deputy state secretary (management) Datuk Adnan Hussin on Monday (May 6).
In another development, Ahmad Samsuri said the Saudi Arabian government had offered a full scholarship to 100 excellent students in Terengganu to further their studies at eight of the country's universities in various fields, especially engineering.
He said that to date, the state government had listed 40 students to continue their studies in Saudi Arabia in September.
"The 40 are taking Islamic Studies, so Saudi Arabia has requested that we add in other subjects such as engineering. This is a good deal because they have the opportunity to get industrial training and so on there, " he said. - Bernama