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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Fasting and working, not a problem – The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Physical labour is fine while fasting as long as one stays busy, says a Penang Island City Council (MBPP) worker.

Mohd Fazli Abd Rahman was spotted cleaning the pavement along Penang Road yesterday.

The 41-year-old said he was accustomed to it while fasting and was too busy to feel tired.

With the cool mornings, thanks to the almost daily evening and night showers since Ramadan began, he said he was having an easy time keeping the streets clean.

MBPP Urban Services deputy director Xavier Sebastian said the workers started work at 6.30am and stopped at 11.30am to rest if they need to.

“They are energetic when they start work.

“The quality of work remains and it has never been a problem for our Muslim workers to work during Ramadan.

“As we observe the movement control order (MCO), our workers are divided into two groups and work on alternate days to reduce our workforce.

“They get to work for a day and rest at home the next day. When they are at work, those who are tired can take a quick rest at the roll call centres,” he said yesterday.

Another MBPP worker, Mohd Adnan Yusoff, 54, also said he had no problem working during Ramadan.

“It is not difficult although I cannot eat or drink. It is better for me to work instead of just staying at home.

“If I work harder, I will get more money from overtime for the Hari Raya celebrations,” he said, adding that he had been working as a city cleaner for 12 years.

Another MBPP worker Abdul Kasim Ahmed, 59, who was seen sweeping the floor along Penang Road said he was used to working during Ramadan as he had done it since 2000.

“I wake up at 4am even before Ramadan, so it is not difficult for me to wake up early for prayers before I begin fasting,” he said.

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