Comply with SOPs while we celebrate Aidiladha, says PM

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin delivers his Aidiladha message at Perdana Putra today. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin urged the people to comply with SOPs while they celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha.

He said Aidiladha this time around served as a reminder of the meaning of patience and solace while navigating life’s hardships.

Muhyiddin said the people had sacrificed a lot since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented on March 18.

“Alhamdulillah, all these have resulted in the Covid-19 pandemic being contained. However, I must remind everyone that we have yet to fully overcome the outbreak. Malaysia and many other nations have not been declared free of Covid-19 yet.

“In fact, of late, we have seen an increase in cases in the country. As such, we cannot afford to be complacent. We must continue the efforts to break the chain of infection by adhering to the SOPs set by the government,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidiladha address tonight.

Muhyiddin reminded Muslims to perform the sacrificial rituals with much appreciation while complying with the SOPs during the celebration beginning tomorrow until the 13th day in the month of Zulhijjah.

“Limit the number of people at the ritual venue to not more than 20 for one animal, and no feasts are allowed there as well. Once the slaughter is done and the meat is distributed, go home immediately,” he said.

“At home, ensure relatives who visit do not exceed 20 persons at any one time. Avoid the handshake greeting. If any family member is under home quarantine, tell your relatives, neighbours and friends not to visit, because it is dangerous.”

He also reminded those under home quarantine not to leave the house.

“Don’t go out here and there. I have received reports of some who had broken their home quarantine order. This is a major violation, and stern action will be taken.”

Since Hari Raya Aidiladha falls on a Friday, he said, mosques in small towns and villages will be crowded not only during Aidiladha prayers but also during Friday prayers.

He called for the cooperation of the imam, muezzin, “tok siak” (caretaker) as well as mosque committee members to ensure safe distancing is observed, while controlling movements at the gates of the mosques.

“Celebrate Aidiladha in moderation as required by the Shari’ah and appreciate the true meaning of sacrifice during Aidiladha. Without despair, let us together pray to Allah SWT that the Covid-19 epidemic ends soon,” he said.