We do not want “Balik Kampung Cluster” to be formed in Hari Raya – Minister

sabri ismail Hari Raya Aidilfitri

PUTRAJAYA MAY 18: The government hopes the people will celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri within the family members living in the same house as 74% have voted for it in the survey conducted by the National Security Council (NSC) recently.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabry Yaakob said, the survey was conducted on 215,715 respondents and from that 74% preferred to stay at home and celebrate Hari Raya within the family members while 20% allows close family members to visit and 6% allows distant relatives and neighbors to visit.

“From the result of the survey, it is the government’s hope that the people stay at home and celebrate it within the family members to curb COVID-19 infections.

“We do not want a new “balik kampung cluster” to be formed from the visiting of relatives and neighbours during Hari Raya,” said Ismail in a press conference held here today.

Regarding the chicken price hike of RM9.80 per kilogram in Terengganu during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Ismail said, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will be announcing the Festival Maximum Price Control Scheme tomorrow for essential food as Hari Raya Aidilfitri is at the corner.

He said the price ceiling of certain essential food will be announced in the scheme tomorrow. The price of chicken has been increased following the permission given to shops and eateries to resume business during CMCO.

Meanwhile, 7,384 students from the institute of higher learning (IPT) in the Peninsular have not been sent back to Sabah while 2,207 from Sarawak are also waiting for their flights home.

According to Ismail, the quarantine centres in Sabah have not enough capacity to keep the students for compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

However, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Higher Education with the government of Sabah has decided to allow students who are negative COVID-19 to undergo swab tests before they leave for home. –Malaysia World News

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