BY: Michelle Liew
As the Holy month of Ramadan is upon us, our Muslim friends observe the month with abstinence and fasting.
The month is perfect for spending some quality time with family.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions placed upon us by the Movement Control Order (MCO), many are not able to be with family. It is a particularly difficult time for families who are in different states as they are not allowed to cross-borders.
Just recently, McDonald’s Singapore released an advertisement that attempts to reunite Malaysian Muslims who are working over there and cannot cross the border to celebrate Ramadan with their loved ones in Malaysia.
The advertisement shows Samsuri, a Malaysian Muslim who is in Singapore for over a year due to the pandemic. He works as a McDonald’s delivery rider and states that Ramadan this year is different from the rest as he will be celebrating it alone this year, far away from his family members in Malaysia, which includes seven siblings, a wife, and a daughter.
Samsuri stated that he was supposed to be in Singapore for only two weeks but due to the unexpected circumstances, all plans of going home have fallen short.
The video also showed another Malaysian couple, Rozaini and Anas, both of whom are working in Singapore longer than Samsuri. Rozaini shares that if she could go back to Malaysia, she would just want to hug her family.
Rozaini is seen with immense sadness and with a lump in her throat, she says “Three months here feels like I haven’t seen them in three years.”
The video then shows the three Malaysians sitting inside a room in front of a table that ‘reunites’ them with their families here. The seamless digital transition at “My Happy Table” surprises the individuals with their family members on screen, making everyone burst into tears of joy.
The advertisement garnered great success after it was uploaded on April 16, with netizens claiming that they too shed joyful tears and realize the importance of family.
We wish our Muslim friends, Ramadan Mubarak, and may this Holy month bring you endless blessings.