Employers urged to show respect for Muslim workers during Ramadan

Taipei--The Taipei City government on Tuesday urged employers to show more tolerance and respect for Muslim workers during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting that begins this year on May 26.

Taipei is home to more more than 40,000 migrant workers, of which 74 percent are Indonesian nationals, who are mostly Muslims, according to Lai Hsiang-lin (???), chief of the city's Department of Labor.

During the fasting month, Muslim have to abstain from food and drink during daytime but still need to work, which could be hard, Lai said.

She urged employers to respect the various religious beliefs of foreign workers to develop harmonious labor-management relations.

To mark the end of Ramadan, the city government will hold a Eid Al-Fitr celebration at the Taipei Travel Plaza near Taipei Main Station on June 25, according to the city's Foreign and Disabled Labor Office.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel