PUTRAJAYA MAY 15: The Minister of National Unity was directed by the Cabinet to discuss with leaders of five religions namely, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christians, Taoism and Sikhs on the proposal to attend prayers in their worship places.
Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the decision was made following the demands from other religious leaders after the Muslims have been granted permission for their Friday prayers today.
Ismail said, the proposal will be presented tomorrow and the decision will be made in the Special Ministers’ Meeting on Tuesday.
“Currently we do not know the situation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) at the Friday prayers and the Minister of Religious Affairs should come out with the reports.
“There are possibilities that SOP has not been adhered to by the people performing the Friday prayers. However the SOPs have been approved by the Special Muzakarah Committee Meeting of the Islamic Affairs National Council and accepted by His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“The permission cannot be cancelled as in the case of non-compliance with the SOP, the committee members of the mosque concerned could be given warnings and advises,” Ismail said in a press conference held here today.
Ismail added, the government has lifted the 7th Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Selayang Baru , Gombak that ends today (May 15) after the Ministry of Health (MOH) has screened and tested COVID-19 on all the residents in that area.
The Senior Minister also stressed that inter-state travel is still not permitted even during Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration where children wants to meet their parents in another state.
“At the moment, the restriction on inter-state travel under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is still in force and those who fail to comply with the Order will be compounded or charged in the courts under Act 342,” Ismail added. –Malaysia World News