Have a safe Ramadan at home

MUSLIMS have been urged to perform religious prayers separately in their own homes as they usher in the fasting month of Ramadan.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said although the atmosphere for Ramadan this year is different due to the movement control order (MCO), the state will ensure that Muslims are able to fulfil their religious obligations smoothly.

“We hope that Muslims are able to adapt to the situation and carry out their religious responsibilities in this period despite the cancellation of the usual Ramadan bazaar.

“In order to help hawkers and owners of small businesses who are unable to operate as usual, both the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) have organised online bazaars. Hopefully, this can bring a change for the hawkers and fulfil the needs of fasting Muslims.

“To non-Muslims, let us create a better environment for those who are fasting in this period so that we can all build a clean, harmonious and progressive community,” he said during his Covid-19 live Facebook message yesterday.

Chow said regardless of whether the MCO would be extended or not, there would be no ceremonies or buka puasa events to be held at any mosques or surau in Penang.

“Taking into consideration the safety of the people, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman and the Penang Islamic Religious Council have informed that such events are not to be held in the state.

“But zakat payment to the needy will be continued,” he added.

Meanwhile, electrical and electronics shops, along with laundry shops approved by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) will be allowed to operate in the state from today onwards.

Chow said the shops would be allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm, and urged the businesses to continue observing the MCO and social distancing.

During his Facebook live, Chow also accepted a RM150,000 contribution to Penang Covid-19 Fund from Best Group (Mm2h) Sdn Bhd.
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