Fasting month is a special month for the Muslims before they celebrate the Hari Raya and it can be challenging months especially for the first-timers and also for working housewives who need to rush back to prepare the meals for opening the fast.
Indirectly the fasting month also impacts the non-Muslims one way or another and it forces everyone to make some form of adjustments to run through the month. Some of the restaurants are closed for the month which forces us to look at alternative arrangements – packed food from home, driving out to another restaurant or order online.
The time for the Muslim to break their fast is probably is the best time for the non-Muslims to be on the road. The formulas based on what I have experienced to date is as follows:-
1. Break fast time = best time to be on the road
2. Break fast time + non Muslims drivers having the same formula in mind = normal traffic jam
3. Break fast time + non Muslims drivers having the same formula in mind + one broken down car in the middle of the highway = testing one’s patience
4. Break fast time + non Muslims drivers having the same formula in mind + one broken down car in the middle of the highway + impatient queue jumpers = total chaos
The first day of fasting on a working day and all that was needed to create chaos at about 7.10 pm was an old car broken down in one of the main lanes just after the Sunway toll plaza (I still wonder why some people are still driving old cars knowing very well that is going to break down unexpectedly).
What supposes to be a smooth ride home immediately turned into a “battle for survival” to reach home.
For those Muslims caught in the chaos yesterday, well I pitied them since they had to “break fast” in the cars (assuming they have packed some food).
Hopefully, it is better today.
11 days more to go and counting…