Sarawak closes 7 mosques for disinfection

The Attaqwa Mosque in Kuching, among 7 mosques in Sarawak to temporarily close. (File pic)

KUCHING: Seven mosques in Sarawak including two in Kuching will be closed for disinfection, after it was found that some participants of the tabligh convention in Kuala Lumpur where Covid-19 was detected had been to these mosques.

State minister in charge of Islamic affairs Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the mosques are located in Kuching, Samarahan, Betong, Bintulu, Limbang and Serian.

The mosques in Kuching are the Attaqwa Mosque in Kampung Pinang Jawa and Darul Hana Mosque on Jalan Tun Salahuddin.

The Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) had issued a directive to mosques and suraus in the state to suspend all religious activities involving big crowds until further notice.

It was earlier announced that a total of 609 Sarawakians had participated in the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.

Most of them had reported themselves at government clinics and are undergoing quarantine.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said there has been no decision yet on the fate of the month-long Bazaar Ramadan in Sarawak.

“However, it is likely to be cancelled if the government decides to extend the movement control order,” he said, referring to restrictions announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.