PUTRAJAYA: Police will be on the ground to ensure standard operating procedures (SOPs) are complied with during the Hari Raya Haji celebration, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said aside from conducting checks at homes, police will also be monitoring mosques, suraus and areas designated for korban (religious sacrifice) activities to ensure everyone followed the S0Ps.
“Just like during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, police will also be monitoring the situation in kampungs during this Hari Raya.
“Remember that the SOP is that there should not be more than 20 people in a house at one time, ” he said on Thursday (July 30).
The SOP for korban activities include limiting the number of people involved in slaughtering, cutting the meat and distributing it to 20 per animal, no kenduri (feasts), the use of hand sanitizer and face masks.
Ismail Sabri said those who return to hometowns for the festivities should practice social distancing, especially when out in public places.
To a question, he said police personnel will use their discretion whether to immediately issue a compound or issue a warning against those who do not have a face mask on when out in a crowded public area.
He said the regulation has already been gazetted under Act Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342), meaning that flouters can be slapped with a RM1,000 compound.
“The law is already in place. We will let the police decide if they want to advise, warn or issue a compound against those who flout the law, ” he said.
Ismail Sabri said 11 individuals who returned to Malaysia between July 24 and 29 were found to be Covid-19 positive, adding they had entered the country via international entry points.
The 11 are among 2,696 individuals who have returned since the government re-enforced mandatory quarantine at government-designated quarantine stations.
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