KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — It’s a meaningful Aidiladha celebration for Muslims in the country this time around.

With interstate travel banned during Aidilfitri back in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many will now cherish the opportunity to be able to spend time with family members back in their home towns.

However, amid this ‘newfound freedom’ the public must remember that the COVID-19 has yet to end, with the number of positive cases still hovering between the single and double digits of late.

With frontliners still working hard to treat COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the people should not burden them with more positive cases, and this is where self-control plays an important role.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his speech yesterday also mentioned in detail all the SOPs on Aidiladha celebration this time, and the public should always observe them, especially in terms of social distancing and crowd control.

Among the conditions set for observing the Aidiladha celebration this time are to limit the number of people present at the slaughterhouse to not more than 20 people for a cow, no feasts allowed nearby the place where Qurban (animal sacrifice) is carried out, and to return home with the cut meat as soon as possible.

There should also be not more than 20 visitors to the house at any time, and they should also refrain from shaking hands with each other.

The host should be honest by informing relatives, friends and neighbours if any family members are undergoing quarantine.

The people should not take things for granted and appreciate the services of those who are working hard against the deadly virus.

By using hand santiser and donning face masks, Malaysians can do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Happy Aidiladha.


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