TAWAU: A presenter from a local radio station here, stepped forward to admit his mistake by broadcasting the Maghrebian azan (call to prayer) for the district, four minutes ahead of the actual time.
In a post on his Facebook page, Mohd Safwan Junit said a technical error caused the Maghreb call to prayer to be broadcast twice at 6:16 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
The azan for the Maghreb prayer also signals the time to break the fast.
“I, as tonight’s duty presenter for the ‘Syoknya Hujung Minggu’ segment, was responsible for the technical error when the Maghreb azan was broadcast twice, the first at 6:16 p.m. and the second at 6:20 p.m.
“The azan was supposed to be aired at 6:20 p.m. and when it was played and heard much earlier, several people in Tawau had unwittingly broken their fast before the time,” he said while offering his humble apologies to all persons concerned.
Today marks the first day of Ramadan for Muslims in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Sabah Special Tasks Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif when contacted said that for more information on the validity of the fast the matter should be referred to the Mufti of Sabah Datuk Bungsu Jaafar, but at press time there were no further comments from Bungsu. –Bernama