Kedah govt to continue monitoring non-Islamic houses of worship during recovery MCO


ALOR SETAR: The Kedah state government will continue to monitor non-Islamic houses of worship (RiBi) in the state during the recovery movement control order (MCO).

Housing, Environment, Unity, and the Chinese and Thai community Affairs committee chairman Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee said the monitoring on RiBi in the state will be conducted by officers from Penang National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN), while the other houses of worship (RIYL) will be monitored by local authorities.

"The emergence of new clusters has worried us. Any RiBi that holds any religious ceremony should strictly follow all the standard operation procedure (SOP) that has been set," he said in a statement.

Dr Ling said authorities will take action without compromise against any individual or RiBi that violated the instructions.

He said the state government agencies and departments will be involved in efforts to prevent the Covid-19 spread in the state.

He also urged Kedahans to always emphasise the need to adhere to the SOP in their daily lives and to practiSe high standards of personal hygiene.

Furthermore, Kedah PAS has instructed all its divisions to temporarily halt all of its programmes that involved mass gathering due to the worsening spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Its state party secretary Musodak Ahmad said any organisation of programmes by the party that involved mass gatherings should be stopped for a while, until a suitable time.

"The increase in Covid-19 cases is worrying.

"Following the latest development, the state party has decided all PAS entities in Kedah to cancel and not to organise any programmes that involve mass gathering," he said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 15).

Musodak urged PAS members in the state to strictly follow all SOPs as instructed by the authority to ensure that the infection chain of Covid-19 is flattened.

As of Saturday, Kedah has recorded 30 positive cases.

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