There’s something about these new machines from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice that rings a bell… I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’ll come to me.
Anyway, the Haia has gone high-tech, with machines to be placed in various locations like malls. There, at the push of a button, moral guidance! This Arab News article doesn’t say if users have to insert a coin to get their guidance, but I’m assuming not. The Commission is highly subsidized, after all.
Machines give moral tips
RIYADH: The Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has adopted a high-tech method to improve the moral standards of the general public.
The method — Tawasul (interaction) — involves installing a number of electronic devices that deliver audio and video messages containing advice and moral lessons.
“The Tawasul machines are being installed at public squares, markets and selected education establishments in all provinces in the Kingdom,” said Director General of Awareness and Instruction Department at the General Presidency of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Muhammad Al-Eidy in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
Oh! I remember now… The image below may be from an earlier model. Or not…