SEREMBAN: The government should implement strict movement orders and allow only those related to the economy or emergencies this Hari Raya Aidilfitri, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The Umno deputy president said this was important as Malaysia was not getting any closer to winning the war against Covid-19.
“Any festival and celebration plan should be postponed for the greater benefit of the society and nation.
“Any form of travel, visits, and celebrations, even with strict health protocol, will only exacerbate the situation, ” he said in a statement.
Mohamad said instead of getting closer to winning the war against the Covid-19, Malaysia was actually drifting further.
He said a radical approach is needed to face the pandemic with the number of infections, patients in intensive care and deaths rapidly increasing.
The government, he said, has done its best to curb the pandemic since the beginning of last year and everyone has to take part in this crucial fight.
“Our economy, social life, and employment can all be rebuilt after we recover from this crisis.
“However, we must avoid loss of lives and risk to public health, ” he said.
Mohamad urged Malaysians to refrain from travelling and to take good care of their families and themselves.
“The purpose of festivals in Islam is to seek for Allah’s pleasure.
“And the best form of pleasing Allah is when we sacrifice our desires to save more lives and reduce the burden on society, ” he said.
He said Malaysians must also support the government’s “Lindungi Diri Lindungi Semua” (Protect Yourself, Protect All) mission to effectively fight Covid-19.
On May 5, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said hosting open house will not be allowed again for the upcoming Hari Raya but households can receive guests during the festivity with the exception of those in the enhanced movement control order areas.
Those living in recovery and conditional MCO are allowed to receive visits from the first to the third day of Syawal, while those in MCO localities can only receive guests on the first day of Hari Raya.
Those in enhanced MCO areas are not allowed to receive guests and are to celebrate Hari Raya only with those in the same household.
He said interstate travel and open houses remain prohibited as Muslims celebrate the festivity amid the pandemic for the second year.
Ismail said Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers will be allowed in MCO, conditional and recovery MCO areas, but the state religious authorities will decide the number or congregations and other SOP.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on May 13.