Aidiladha celebration allowed with limitations

Home celebration is limited to a maximum of 20 people at a time and the sacrificial ritual can only be held for 4 days


ONLY a maximum of 10 sacrificial animals can be sacrificed at mosques and surau for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said this was part of the government’s review of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Aidiladha celebration, after considering the increasing new daily cases of Covid-19 in the country.

However, he said the number of sacrificial animals allowed onto approved locations also depends on the size of the slaughter area.

For each animal being sacrificed, there can only be a maximum of 20 attendees.

“Meals and feasts at the sacrificial site are not allowed unless the food is packed,” Ismail Sabri said in his Recovery Movement Control Order press conference yesterday.

Additionally, Aidiladha celebration at home is limited to a maximum of 20 people at a time, while the sacrificial ritual can only be held for four days, namely the Aidiladha day, after the Aidiladha prayer, and three days of Tasyrik.

“However, taking into account that Aidiladha falls on Friday, the sacrificial ritual is encouraged to be performed on the second, third and fourth day,” he added.

However, Ismail Sabril stressed that individuals who are still under mandatory home quarantine are strictly prohibited from leaving the house.

“They are not allowed to return to their respective hometowns, perform the Aidiladha prayer at mosques and surau and receive guests at their home.

“If an individual wearing a quarantine wristband violates the set of rules, the public are encouraged to report to the police as soon as they can,” he said.

The government has also decided that there will be no cross-border restrictions ahead of Aidiladha.

“There are no restrictions for those who wish to go back to their hometowns before Aidiladha. We just urge people to follow the SOPs during the celebrations,” he noted.

Ismail Sabri also said the federal government has approved Sarawak government’s application yesterday to limit inter-zone movement from Aug 1 to Aug 14 to control the spread of Covid-19.

This move was followed by an increase in the number of positive cases over the past few days.

Zone 1 are the yellow or red zones of Kuching, Serian and Samarahan, while Zone 2 are the green zones of Seri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

The minister said Sarawak will limit the number of incoming flights from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan from Aug 1-14.

“The state government has taken strict and proactive measures to curb the spreading of Covid-19.

“Those who want to travel interzone must get police permission before doing so while movement within the same zone is allowed and no permission from the authorities is needed,” he added.

On another note, Ismail Sabri said all ship crew members who want to undergo a work entry process (sign on) and work completion (sign off) must undergo a Covid-19 screening test.

The move was to tighten the SOPs for the crew exchange process, after a few positive Covid-19 cases were detected involving ship crews.

To undergo the sign on process, they must get screened upon arrival at the Malaysian international entrance. If found to be positive, they will be sent to the hospital for treatment.

If negative, they will be quarantined for 14 days at quarantine stations and must go for a second screening on the 13th day. If they are cleared, they can undergo the sign on process at the port.

For the sign off process, the crew must undergo a screening test as soon as they arrive at the port and if found positive, they will be sent to the hospital for treatment.

“Should the crew involved be tested negative, they must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine process at quarantine stations and be screened a second time on the 13th day. If they are tested negative for the second time, they can head to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to return to their respective countries,” Ismail Sabri said.

He also noted that the cost for the mandatory quarantine, including and the screening test, must be fully borne by the crew.