Negri MB: Do not visit cemeteries on Hari Raya

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.

SEREMBAN: Muslims in the state will be barred from visiting graves on Hari Raya Aidilfitri as Covid-19 is still a threat, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.

He appealed to Muslims to adhere to the, directive as the state authorities do not have enough manpower to enforce it.

"It is normal for family members to visit graves of their loved ones on Hari Raya, but we are not going to allow it this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. People must understand that the grave site is a small area and there is a risk of infection," he told reporters when met after receiving Hari Raya aid for 400 families from Kumpulan Gemencheh Granite at his official residence.

Aminuddin said on Wednesday (May 20) that even if there were enough enforcement officers, it would be difficult for them to control the crowd turning up at the graveyards to pay their respects.

"We have many cemeteries all over the state and it is not going to be practical to have enforcement officers all over, ” he said.

On a separate matter, Aminuddin said the state government would follow the guidelines from the federal authorities on allowing the re-opening of places of worship of non-Muslims.

He said this would be allowed once his administration received the standard operating procedure (SOP) on this.

On Sunday (May 17), NationaI Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the SOP related to the opening of non-Muslim places of worship during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period was being finalised.

She said representatives of various religions like Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism have provided feedback and listed selected houses of worship in Covid-19 green zones that could be reopened.

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