Better to be safe than to balik kampung, say PAS and Amanah


PETALING JAYA: Muslims should not feel sad if the authorities deem it “unsafe” for people to return to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this context, both PAS and Amanah leaders concurred that it was better to stay safe.

PAS information chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad advised people to be mentally prepared if the movement control order (MCO) was extended until authorities succeed in breaking the Covid-19 transmission chain.

“Please stay at home. Do not put others at risk, including family members, by sneaking back to your hometowns.

“The virus has proven to be very dangerous. We should not let emotions cloud our judgement.

“Of course we would feel sad if we are unable to balik kampung to celebrate Hari Raya.

“But it is better to feel sad than sorry if we inadvertently contract the virus along the way and put our loved ones at risk.

“It is better to heed the authorities’ advice and stay put,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He said people could use video conferencing to greet their family and friends during Hari Raya.

“People can still feel a sense of togetherness using telecommunications tools,” said Kamaruzaman, adding that people could also perform terawih prayers at home.

“If everyone cooperates, perhaps the transmission chain can be broken faster,” he said.

Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, said people should take the MCO seriously as Covid-19 posed a threat to public health and life.

“We should look at the bigger picture and not be selfish. Think about the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the local and global economy.

“For the economy to recover faster, we should cooperate to help break the chain of infection as soon as possible,” said Salahuddin, a former Agriculture minister.

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