Ah yes. The holy month has arrived. For those who do not know, today is the first day of the fasting month.
The hotels in Kuala Lumpur will have increased business for “fast breaking” because there will be many people organizing “buka puasa” sessions. Since I like kuihs very much, I can get a steady supply from the pasar petang that invariably mushrooms during this month.
This is a good month for networking and of course politicking under disguise. After all, who would dare to accuse anyone of politicking if you get invited to their buka puasa and by the by, he speaks about perjuangan.
I like the fasting month. Everyone suddenly looks very solemn. They are more patient, less in a hurry, time to reflect on the afterlife. So, one should not complain if the events of herelife is put on hold until two more months.
I suppose since the fasting month is a holy month and most of the civil service are those who fast, we will be able to expect greater productivity from them. Work is ibadat is it not? What better month to increase ibadat, ie productivity than the holy month? So, Rakyat, this is the best month to go and sort out your matters with the Government department which has been pending since last fasting month.
If they do not cooperate, remind them that this is the holy month. They will be grateful to you. “Kita hendaklah saling ingat mengingati”, they often say. You may also want to remind those who fast in the civil service that they can collect more pahala by being diligent and productive.
I like the fasting month. You can expect corruption to be at zero level. I mean would you dare to be corrupt in the holy month? In any case, I was often told that during this month all the devils are in prison. Chained away.
For those who cannot fast for “legitimate” reasons, please eat at home. If you eat in public, it is a state offence and you can be hauled up by the vigilant religious agencies who will be faithfully doing their duty for God. Their salary is merely a by-product.
Also, if you eat in public, you are not respecting those who fast. Those who fast must be respected, so you have to respect that need for respect unless you are inherently disrespectful.
Eating in public is worse than corruption and for that you will be immediately and severely dealt with. It is disrespectful. So if you cannot fast, eat at home and in public pretend you are fasting. In this way, those who fast will be respected.
I know that you know God knows you are not fasting but that’s a different matter. The authorities must not know. They have a duty to safe guard the religion and uphold the law.
So, friends, selamat berpuasa!
May God give us the wisdom to differentiate between form and substance.