Decision on haj to be announced on Thursday

Several other countries have already decided to defer the haj season this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. (AP pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The decision on whether Malaysia will send pilgrims for the haj season this year will be announced on Thursday, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

He said the standard operating procedures for congregational and Friday prayers during the recovery movement control order period will also be announced then.

“An official statement will be released on Thursday to answer any questions regarding congregational and Friday prayers,” he said at a press conference here today.

Several countries including Indonesia and Singapore have already decided to defer the haj season this year for health and safety reasons in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zulkifli said special and formal discussions will be carried out with the relevant authorities on the policy to be implemented, including on the status of the haj pilgrimage and congregational prayers.

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