Putrajaya Wants 10-Day Suspension Of Mosque, Surau Activities

The federal government wants all mosque and surau activities, including Friday prayers, to be suspended from March 17-26.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Putrajaya has called for the suspension of all mosque and surau activities, including Friday and congregational prayers, for 10 days starting tomorrow amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs Senator Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said, upon the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s royal decree, the decision to suspend religious activities in Muslim places of worship for 10 days was made with advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“Mosque and surau committees are urged to do cleaning and disinfection as a safety measure to prevent infection,” Zulkifli said in a statement today.

The bodies of those who die from Covid-19 are to be handled according to the 2015 national fatwa committee’s rules on handling Ebola deaths.

The Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Muzakarah Khas left it to state religious bodies to execute both decisions that will be implemented in the Federal Territories. Religion is under state jurisdiction.

MOH today announced 125 new Covid-19 infections, 95 of which were linked to the recent tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque here. The total novel coronavirus cases in Malaysia has reached 553 as of today.

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