SOP for Friday prayers to be revealed on Thursday

Mass gatherings for congregational and Friday prayers have been prohibited since mid-March.

TAPAH: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri says the standard operating procedure (SOP) for Friday prayers during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period will be made known on Thursday.

Zulkifli, who is minister in charge of religious affairs, said the SOP would be further discussed in a meeting with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin later today.

“I want to discuss it today so that we can bring it to the Cabinet meeting tomorrow,” he said at a press conference here.

He said the matter would then be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Conference of Rulers and the religious authorities.

“That is our procedure,” he said, adding that suggestions from the health ministry and National Security Council (NSC) would be taken into consideration as well.

When asked on Perlis’ decision to allow conditional Friday prayers beginning May 15, Zulkifli said the matter came under the state’s jurisdiction.

On Aidilfitri prayers, he said the ministry would discuss the matter soon.

In Kuantan, the Pahang government will present its proposed SOP on congregational prayers during the CMCO period to the NSC and state health department.

State Religious Affairs, Education and Health Committee chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad said the health and safety of the people remained the top priority in outlining the SOP so that no new transmissions of Covid-19 would occur.

“The SOP, among others, will limit congregational prayers to low-risk individuals. We also plan to make registration compulsory to prevent people at risk from joining the prayers,” he said, adding that those who wanted to join the prayers must bring their own prayer mat and wear face masks.

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