Friday, July 30

Come forward, State Secretary reminds tabligh members

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KOTA KINABALU: All tabligh congregation members and immediate family members who had direct or indirect contact with the ‘ijtimak tabligh’ attendees at Masjid Sri Petaling between February 28 and March 1 have been reminded to come forward and notify the government medical personnel straight away.

In making the request yesterday, Sabah State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said the government had taken several steps to prevent the Covid-19 spread in the state.

“In light of the temporary ban on members of tabligh to hold assemblies in mosques and in surau throughout Sabah issued by the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department on March 13, 2020, I affirm that this ban is intended to ensure the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic can be minimized for the public,” said Safar in a statement released here yesterday.

“All members of the tabligh congregation that had direct or indirect physical contact with congregation members who attended tabligh Ijtimak gathering at Masjid Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur from February 28 to March 01, 2020, or immediate family members should come forward and notify Government medical personnel immediately.

“Four tabligh headquarters in the Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort, Tawau and Sandakan districts have been temporarily closed for the purpose of disinfection.

Mosques and suraus which have been visited by the tabligh congregation that had attended the tabligh Ijtimak at Sri Petaling Mosque, Kuala Lumpur from February 28 to March 1, 2020 must also be temporarily closed for the purpose of disinfection.

“The closed headquarters, mosques and suraus involved in the disinfection works should be coordinated by the Sabah State Islamic Religious Affairs Department, the Sabah State Health Department and Local Authorities,” he added.