PETALING JAYA: Sermons (tazkirah) are now allowed in mosques and surau around the country, including the sermon before Friday prayers, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister (Security) said solat Dhuha (voluntary prayer between morning Subuh and Zohor prayers) will also be allowed from now on.
“Mosques and surau are also allowed to hold a sermon before Friday prayers based on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been set as well as the size and capacity of the venue starting this Friday (July 3), ” he said during a press conference at Putrajaya on Wednesday (July 1).
He said religious classes in mosques and surau can also start but warned that social distancing must be observed during the classes.
On another matter, Ismail said 55 people have been arrested by the police on Tuesday (June 30) for violating the recovery movement control order (MCO).
Of these, 11 individuals were remanded and 44 issued with compounds, he added.
He said police under its Compliance Task Force had also checked 3,896 supermarkets, 5,574 restaurants, 1,625 farmers and public markets, 4,087 religious sites, and 1,632 recreational sites.
Several activities that violated the recovery MCO SOPs such as karaoke sessions were found to have been held, he added.
Ismail said 428 Malaysians returning from abroad were instructed to undergo home quarantine on Tuesday (June 30).
They had returned from Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan, Qatar, and India, he added.
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