Gathering, playing fireworks not allowed during Hari Raya, says Minister

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 23: The Muslims celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri tomorrow are advised not to engage in any activity that could create a big crowd like playing with fireworks or children gathering at the play ground.

Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) does not allow people to be in a crowd.

“If the police on patrol found that members of the community have committed such act then they are liable to be charged in the court. We do not want the people to end up in the court for not complying with the SOP,” Ismail said in a press conference held here today.

Ismail also hope that leaders of the communities could help monitor the people in the residential area to adhere to the SOP.

In relation to community empowerment, Ismail said, the special meeting on the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) held today had accepted the application from the Neighbourhood Watch Committee (KRT) to conduct patrols under the Voluntary Patrol Scheme (SRS) in their areas.

According to Ismail, the Ministry of National Unity will prepare the SOP for SRS to ensure that the health protocols set by the Ministry of Health are being complied.

“The KRT plays an important role in the local community empowerment in ensuring the Green Zone would remain green and safe from COVID-19 infections,” Ismail said.

In another development, the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Dr. Noraini Ahmad has made an agreement with the Malaysia Airlines to send students back to meet their families on May 26 instead of May 28.

“There will be four scheduled flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu involving 1,148 students while the other two flights are scheduled to fly from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur involving 332 students,” Ismail said.

Ismail added the students who return to their home towns on May 26, have done swab tests that have been set by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Regarding interstate travel, Ismail said, 1,613 vehicles that tried to cross state borders with the reason to go back to their home towns have been asked to return by the police. However the numbers are lesser than a day before with 2,539 vehicles.

Ismail added, Selangor led the list of trying to cross borders (interstate) with 329 vehicles, Kedah 211 and Penang 196. The police have taken serious actions against those who have crossed the borders without permission including issuing compounds. –Malaysia World News

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