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“A Restricted Visit in Hari Raya was Observed as part of SOP”

Hari Raya is one of the main holidays in Malaysia, and many Muslims (and even non-Muslims) return to their family home (balik kampong) by traveling or flying home a few days before the day to be with their relatives and loved ones. There are sometimes delays during this travel period, but they will quickly be overcome when many passengers enter their destinations.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri shows families and friends requesting salvation from each other, visiting the ancestral tombs, praying in the mosque and meeting relatives and friends to enjoy typical Malay delicacies such as ketupat, rendang, satay, lemang and curry. Throughout Malaysia, children earn small sums of money from their parents or elders.

But since there’s a pandemic virus, Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Hari Raya ‘s mission is restricted to to the first day of Aidilfitri,.

It was agreed at the Special Session of the National Security Council. Visits are restricted to immediate family members and no more than 20 individuals. That would be part of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Hari Raya, Pesta Kaamatan and Gawai festivities. The scale of the house must always be taken into account. When the flat unit is 600sq ft (55.74 sqm), 20 persons will be too cramped. Using (your) flexibility. Choose just a few persons at once.

He said the SOP should also require the usage of hand sanitizers (or routine hand washing), facial masks, and social distancing. Members of the family are told not to spread food on one stand.

Ismail Sabri also reminded Malaysians of their duty to protect their family members, particularly vulnerable groups – the elderly and children – from Covid-19.

He cited the case in Bahrain, where 16 people in the family had contracted Covid-19 after they had split up easily, and a family of four in New Jersey, United States, who had succumbed to the infection after they had assembled.

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