Tightened Hari Raya Haji SOPs 

Following the resurgence of COVID-19 cases recently, the federal government has tightened standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Hari Raya Haji.

According to the Minister of Defence, Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the amount of maximum animals in sacrifice rituals are limited to 10.

“That being said, the amount depends on space available at mosques and suraus where rituals will be held,” he said at the daily media conference for Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) today on July 27.

“Also, only a maximum of 20 individuals are allowed at each sacrifice ritual,” Ismail Sabri noted. “The government recommends rituals to be performed at slaughterhouses.”

He also encouraged the public to perform rituals during subsequent days of Haji due to the first day falling on a Friday (July 31), in which Friday prayers are usually held in groups.

“Besides that, only 20 guests are allowed to visit at a time during Haji,” he added. “Those who are in the midst of home quarantine orders are not allowed to welcome guests, let alone go out of their houses to return to their hometowns or to fulfil their Aidiladha prayers.”

Ismail Sabri also reminded the public to report to the authorities immediately if quarantine wristband-wearing individuals are seen out and about.


Chris Teh

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