The law in Ambon city enforces respect for Muslim customs, as it does in Padang, West Sumatra.
The city government of Ambon, under mayor Jopie Papilaja, in the province of South Maluku apparently passed an ordinance banning the selling of food on the streets during the fasting hours of the day, out of respect for those people who observe Ramadan.
On the 27th public order officials went into action to enforce the law, descending onto the streets looking for bakso sellers and the like. The television report on sctv shows one bewildered bakso, "kaki lima", seller being accosted by officials and told to stop trading until nightfall.
Also in Padang, West Sumatra, raids were conducted on dozens of food stalls that were in operation during the day. The food sellers protested the action saying that they covered their stalls with cloth and some said the regulation was unfair given that it disallowed the mere sale of food, regardless of whether the food was consumed on the spot or later.