Monday, December 25, 2017

24-hour Mamak Eateries May Soon Disappear











Image credit: http://anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.my/2013/11/late-night-mamak-shop.html 


To justify why mamak eateries should stay open round the clock – the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) came up with two interesting explanations! 

Kimma's Syed Ibrahim Kader said 24-hour restaurants provide more than just food. In fact, they are safe spaces for young people to mingle and more so among Muslims, they help prevent acts of khalwat (close proximity). 

Then he voiced his concern that Malaysia’s attractiveness as a global food destination will likely suffer. Tourists come here and are amazed that food is available for 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and if this change, this would have an adverse impact on the tourism industry. 

The Kimma president was making these counter-arguments because Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam who is spearheading the campaign to promote healthy living among Malaysians had suggested eating places should close by midnight – implying that mamak food is either unhealthy or that Malaysians have bad eating habits – meaning they are unrestrained in their food intake, i.e. enjoying being on a food binge (Think obesity). 

Of course, mamak eateries are operated by Indian Muslims – so Kimma have an obligation to safeguard their interests. I suppose he does make sense.

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