KOTA KINABALU – Hoteliers in Sabah are encouraged to place accurate qiblah directions and prayer times in each guest room to facilitate Muslim tourists, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment assistant minister Datuk Kamarlin Ombi.
He said there were hotels which already provided qiblah directions, but at times, they were inaccurate.
“Mobile phones can also indicate the direction of Mecca, but if there is magnetic activity in the surrounding area, it is also difficult to show the right direction,” he told reporters after breaking fast with orphans from around Sepanggar, last night.
Kamarlin said such facilities would make it easier for tourists, especially those from the Peninsula, whose prayer times differ from Sabah.
He also called on all premises to practice food hygiene and display valid halal certificates.
Funds for the Ranau earthquake relief were also collected during the event, which saw Sabah Mufti Datuk Ustaz Bungsu@Aziz Jaafar hand over the qiblah direction compliance certificate to the chief executive officer of Hotel Grand Borneo Datuk Juany Salleh.- BERNAMA