Bogor Mayor Warns Staff to Not Slack Off During Ramadan
Bogor. Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto of Bogor has warned civil servants to not let the fasting month affect their performance in the office.
Thursday is the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic fasting month that is widely observed by Indonesian Muslims. The faithful are not allowed to drink, eat, smoke or engage in sexual intercourse from roughly 4.30 a.m. until almost 6 p.m., with exact times depending on sunrise and sunset.
To help them cope, civil servants in Bogor are allowed to work seven instead of eight hours during the fasting month.
“But that means I ask the civil servants in the Bogor administration to not slack off, keep working as usual and provide the best service possible,” Bima said on Thursday.
He said he had particularly high expectations of those directly involved in providing key services, such as health clinics, hospitals and government offices at the neighborhood level.
“Providing services to society is also a form of worship,” the mayor said. “The reduction in work hours can be used to take worship to the next level.”
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Source: The Jakarta Globe