It’s been more than one year we as Malaysian have been through Covid-19. With all the challenges we are facing, we still have yet to win against this pandemic. Eid Adha is coming soon and this question arises, is it highly possible that there will be a new cluster called Eid Adha cluster?
Last month, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) detected 60 festival clusters that stem from the Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Gawai celebrations.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, based on the record there are 58 clusters involving Hari Raya Aidilfitri while Hari Gawai which has 4 clusters.
Papar Member of Parliament, Ahmad Hassan said, The Sabah People’s Coalition (GRS) government’s indecisiveness to deal with Covid-19 is one of the reasons for the sharp increase in cases after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration in the state.
“When the government is not strict and consistent with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set, it gives space to the people to take advantage of the situation.
“In tackling the spread of Covid-19, it requires the cooperation of all parties, however, if the government has given flexibility then, they have to abide by the effects.” He said.
In relation to Eid Adha, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) emergency medical consultant, Datuk Dr Alzamani Mohammad Idrose said Malaysian are urged not to hold visiting activities during Eid Adha soon as the new variant of Covid-19 is spreading faster.
Dr Alzamani said this is due to the current situation which saw the explosion of Covid-19 cases now filling the beds and intensive care units (ICU) at HKL since last week.
He described the community as now on the verge of a greater catastrophe if it opens space for the virus to spread.
He said this in his latest post titled ‘Catatan Malam Minggu’ which was uploaded on his Facebook page on Sunday night
However, sacrificial rituals in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha this year are only allowed to be performed at 164 slaughterhouses registered with the Veterinary Services Department (JPV) throughout the state of Johor.
He said the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) together with the Johor JPV and slaughterhouse representatives had met on June 20 virtually regarding the implementation.
“A total of 25 officers are allowed at the slaughterhouse at a time. They can take turns but cannot exceed 25 people.
“Sacrificial worship is open and not limited to obligatory sacrificial worship or first -time circumcision sacrifice, but is subject to the capabilities of the slaughterhouse.
“Slaughterhouse operating hours are allowed from 8am to 10pm (or until completion) throughout the four days of Aidiladha,” he said in a statement last week
He said the mosque and surau committee or the organizer of the sacrificial ritual would take the meat that had been packed at the slaughterhouse to be handed over directly to the asnaf and those who were eligible to receive it.
In addition, The Malacca state government through the Malacca State Fatwa Committee has allowed sacrificial worship activities to be carried out in the state in conjunction with Aidiladha, this month.
State Mufti, Datuk Wira Abdul Halim Tawil said, the permission is however subject to compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) set by the government to all organizers of the activity.
He said the implementation of sacrificial rituals during the Movement Control Order (MCO) was allowed except for areas declared as EnhanceMovement Control Order (EMCO), but it depended on the approval of state authorities on the advice of the Ministry of Health and National Security Council (MKN).
Furthermore, Starting 2nd July, Terengganu will allow Friday prayers at mosques and suraus with a congregation of only 40 people.
Islamic Religious Council and Malay Customs Terengganu (MAIDAM) Datuk Osman Muda said the amount did not include officers and members of the mosque and surau committees.
“This permission was given after obtaining the consent of the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin based on the current situation of Covid-19 but must comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set.
“Similarly with the Aidiladha sunat prayers, the conditions are the same as the implementation of Friday prayers. All 40 congregations must be men, resident parishioners except for individuals who have obtained special permission from the Terengganu Religious Affairs Commissioner, ”he said in a statement today.
Hence, with all this channels allowed during the Eid Adha festivals, are we going to see a Eid Adha cluster?