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Staff writer, with CNA

SOCIETY

Mosque seeks forbearance

Taipei’s Grand Mosque on Monday, the first day of the Islamic festival of Ramadan, expressed the hope that employers and company executives would make it easier for Muslim workers to observe the month of fasting and other rituals. Mosque chairman Feng Tung-yu (馮同瑜) quoted Imam Ibrahim Chao (趙錫麟) as saying that Ramadan began on Monday and runs through July 6 or July 7, when Muslims around the world celebrate the breaking of the fast, or Eid al-Fitr, for the Muslim year 1437. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from food from dawn to dusk, or from about 3:30am to 6:30pm, until Eid al-Fitr. Feng called on families and companies that employ Muslim workers to help them observe the festival, focus on prayer and scripture reading, and attend Eid al-Fitr activities.

LABOR

Doctors’ hours mulled

The government is planning to include doctors in the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) within four years, Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) said. Lin made the statement on Monday at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Social Welfare, Health and Environment Committee, in which all participants expressed support for the idea of including doctors under working hours regulations. Doctors do not have fixed work hours and work according to a responsibility system, in which they can only go off duty after completing their work, leading some to complain about long hours. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Arthur Chen (陳宜民) said that if doctors cannot be included in the act immediately, the maximum work hours per week of resident doctors should be reduced from 88 hours to 80 hours and the maximum consecutive on-duty time cut from 36 hours to 24 hours.

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