Even in the supermarket, delicate Muslim sensibilities require discrimination against non-Muslims. To keep a Muslim child from being defiled by picking up a can of pork, Muslims in Brunei are asking that products for non-Muslims be hidden away. From BruDirect, with thanks to Nicolei:
Members of the public particularly shoppers in a prominent supermarket in Kuala Belait are expressing discontent over the arrangements of “non-halal” foods which are placed not far from the daily needs items of Muslim customers at the supermarket.
A number of customers here stated that the arrangements of food for non-Muslims at the stated shop are placed near essential products such as soaps and detergents and next to daily use items such as tissue paper and other goods.
One customer who refused to be named stated that the racks on which are placed the non-halal foods should be moved far away from aisle frequented by Muslim customers.
The customer said that on one occasion his 7-year-old daughter was at the said supermarket to buy instant noodles when she unknowingly picked up a can from the rack to ask him about its contents.
“I was shocked to see that the word ‘pork’ was inscribed on the can that she was holding. The can was taken from a rack which was placed just across the rack from which I took the instant noodles,” he claimed.
He had pointed out the matter to the workers there, but till now the problem remains.
When the supermarket was visited again, it was found that racks containing a number of canned and plastic packaged foods for non-Muslims were still placed alongside racks holding washing soaps and tissues, and facing the rack displaying varieties of instant noodles.
The shop owner should have understood the situation surrounding the community and is advised to consider the full interests of the customers, particularly in terms of sale item arrangements.