Even though only Muslims are obligated to fast during their holy month of Ramadhan, Malaysians across the country will come together and face some of the same issues, like…
1. The question “Is it OK to eat in front of you?“
4pm on Ramadhan Day 2.
Non-Muslims will show unprecedented levels of concern for their Muslim friends’ psychological and emotional state during the lunch hour.
This is because, of course, all Malaysians know that all Malaysians love food.
And then in return, those Muslims friends will play it off as if fasting is the easiest thing in the world (after the first day, anyway).
2. Leaving work at 5pm and sitting in traffic jams till 7pm
For a month, most companies will allow their Muslim staff at the very least to come to work and leave for home a few hours earlier than usual.
Because of this, traffic jams would already be in full swing by 5pm because Muslims will be rushing home to prepare to berbuka and some non-Muslims don’t want to hang around in the office alone.
People who are prepared will know that this is the best time to keep food in the car.
3. Restaurants filled with people NOT eating the food on their plate
Every evening, starting around 7pm, restaurants will be filled with people sitting at tables of food and just waiting for the signal to eat.
This applies to Muslims and non-Muslims alike who will all be looking for someone else to start eating first.
And then when someone does start eating, everyone else wonders if it’s because it’s time to eat or if someone accidentally started eating out of habit.
4. Dates/Kurma and Yusuf Taiyoob jokes
Possibly the most recognisable advertisement in Malaysian history is the whispering of “Yusuf Taiyoob” in between a list of their wide variety of dates.
Also, you’ll find free dates every where; supermarkets, petrol stations, restaurants, and even at toll booths.
5. Cheesy Ramadhan pick-up lines
When else can you you see our social media posts flooded with memes of Ryan Gosling, Edward Cullen or even Robert Downey Jr. asking to berbuka with us?
6. Too much food
Last but not least, there’s food wastage especially at the Ramadhan bazaar where people sometimes buy food like there’s no tomorrow.
Even the needy, especially in Chow Kit, are also flooded with packets of food from enthusiastic and well-meaning people who spontaneously decided to donate.
So here’s a Public Service Announcement for all those buying food during the puasa month, remember to have a budget before entering the bazaar and not to over spend.
Regardless of how you will be celebrating this holy month, we here at The Rakyat Post hope you have an enjoyable Ramadhan with family and friends next week.