Stern action against those who hide tabligh participants, home ministry warns

Minister Hamzah Zainudin, however, does not divulge on the type of action to be taken. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The home ministry today warned that stern action will be taken against those who shield attendees of a tabligh gathering held last month from authorities, as the government seeks to screen the remaining participants for Covid-19.

Its minister Hamzah Zainudin, however, did not elaborate on the type of action.

“Tomorrow, you’ll see when we take action.

“But this is the first warning. Do not get angry when we take action” he said at a press conference.

Also present was Inspector-General of Police Hamid Bador.

Hamzah said the major problem the government faced in its battle against the pandemic originated from the tabligh cluster, which was why it was focusing its efforts on the cluster.

So far, he said, 10,000 participants had been screened.

Last week, the health ministry said that “more that half” of the total number of Covid-19 deaths were linked to the tabligh cluster.

“The best thing is for them to come out and get screened,” Hamzah said, referring to those who had yet to come forward.

He warned against making statements that could cause division among the people, saying Covid-19 infected everyone regardless of race, religion or stature.

He said stern action would be taken against social media users who did so. “Don’t disrupt the peace and harmony with such stories. What we need is for us to cooperate, not criticise each other”.