Govt to review SOPs for Hari Raya Aidiladha

A limit of 10 animals will be set for slaughter at mosques and suraus.

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the government will be reviewing the SOPs for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations, including those for ceremonial animal slaughter.

Speaking to reporters at Parliament today, he said the review would take into consideration the risk of a new wave of Covid-19 infections.

He said a limit of 10 animals would be set for ceremonial slaughter at mosques and suraus. This also applies to other locations that have been earmarked by strict religious departments and local councils for animal slaughter.

Ismail said the number of animals allowed was subject to the size of the slaughter sites.

“However, the government would encourage ceremonial slaughters to be carried out at slaughter houses listed under the Veterinary Services Department (28 sites) and licensed private slaughter houses (31),” he said.

Ceremonial slaughters at mosques and suraus will only be allowed for four days, including the first day of Aidiladha, with 20 participants for every one animal slaughtered.

There will be no meals after the ceremony, but packed food is allowed.

He said authorities will carry out surveillance and monitor the slaughter sites, including in mosques and suraus, and other locations under the local councils.

Ismail also said a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for gatherings in houses.

He said individuals undergoing home quarantine are prohibited from leaving their houses to return to their hometowns or to carry out Aidiladha prayers. They are be prohibited from receiving visitors.

Meanwhile, police arrested 357 individuals for flouting the recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday. Three hundred and twenty-three were fined, 32 remanded, and two freed on bail.

All 357 were involved in activities which made social distancing difficult and for going against SOPs.

On mandatory quarantine, Ismail said foreigners will need to bear the full cost of quarantine and screening, while Malaysians will only need to bear 44% of the cost.

A total of 1,448 individuals entered the country through international borders yesterday and were sent for quarantine in six hotels and three public training institutes in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Johor.

They had returned from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Bangladesh, China and Australia.