King urges shorter sermons on Fridays

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has urged all mosques in the country to shorten their Friday sermon and take precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King has urged mosques to provide thermometers, hand sanitisers and masks to worshippers.

Ahmad Fadil said the King has also urged the rakyat to perform ablution at their respective homes before heading to the mosque.

“Those who have symptoms of Covid-19 are also advised not to attend Friday prayers as advised by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, ” said Ahmad Fadil in a statement yesterday.

The King has also decreed that all mosques nationwide to recite the qunut nazilah prayers during Subuh and Friday prayers for the well-being of the rakyat.

“Sultan Abdullah is very concerned and has been following the updates on Covid-19, and has expressed his worries about the safety of the rakyat due to the increase in cases recently, ” said Ahmad Fadil.

He said the King has also urged those who attended the ijtima tabligh event (at Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling) from Feb 27 to March 1 to cooperate with the Health Ministry by contacting the nearest district health department to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is contained.

“The King is also urging Malaysians to also postpone mass gatherings as recommended by the Health Ministry, and those who have symptoms should not get involved in such programmes or go to crowded areas.

“The rakyat is also urged to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre if they have any doubts or questions to avoid the spread of information that may cause panic, ” said Ahmad Fadil.

The King has also advised the people to follow the guidelines and observe personal hygiene.

“Sultan Abdullah has also expressed his appreciation and thanks for the immediate response, treatment and continuous monitoring by the Health Ministry and related agencies to ensure relevant prevention and containment measures are done effectively, ” said Ahmad Fadil.

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