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CMCO: Penang govt wishes for full SOP compliance for Aidilfitri

GEORGE TOWN The Penang state government wishes for full cooperation and compliance from the people on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in celebrating Hari Raya today.


State Housing, Local Government and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo today said as Penang has entered the new normal, the public health and safety have always been the state government’s priority in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Penang has shown high level of cooperation and compliance since the beginning of the Movement Control Order,” he said in a press conference here.



He said that the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has conducted checks in 152,135 premises in Penang on May 23 and recorded an overall 99.64 percent compliance of the Conditional MCO (CMCO).


“This is the highest CMCO compliance record Penang has to date on the island, but that also means we need to continue and maintain it,” he said.


He also expressed gratitude to the frontliners for their efforts in ensuring the safety and health of the public.



Earlier today, the state government and the MBPP handed Hari Raya goodies to over 600 MBPP frontliners in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Around 20 representatives from respective departments from MBPP received the raya goodies at the Penang City Hall here.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

“PPE suit is my Raya outfit” – MOH frontliners

PUTRAJAYA As Muslims celebrate Aidilfitri today wearing their best and colourful clothes, the Health Ministry’s frontliners have to endure what they term as their ‘mobile sauna’ by donning the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit while on duty.


Medical assistant at the Emergency and Trauma Department of Putrajaya Hospital, Siti Rashikin Mat Zuki, 42, said it was among the sacrifices they had to make in order to end the COVID-19 transmission.


“This year, the country is facing the COVID-19 pandemic and hospital staff are treating COVID-19 patients. Therefore, we really hope everyone can adhere to the social distancing regulation and stay at home although we are celebrating Aidilfitri,” she told reporters today.



Siti Rashikin was met after the handing-over of food packs to 400 health practitioners of the Putrajaya Hospital by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah here today.


Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said although it was normal for the health practitioners to work during the Aidilfitri celebration, it was very challenging this year as they have to be extra vigilant of any potential COVID-19 cases.


“Thank you to all front liners and other agencies. What’s important is the public must comply with the standard operating procedures issued by the ministry. We have to take care of ourselves, our family as well as our community,” he said.


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Gua Musang Batek tribe celebrates Aidilfitri with lemang, ikan kelah


GUA MUSANG Lemang, a traditional Hari Raya celebration dish, is usually paired with beef or chicken rendang while in Kelantan, it usually is eaten with a sweet side dish called ‘nise’.


However, the Orang Asli from the Batek tribe in Kampung Kuala Koh and Kampung Aring 5 villages here, enjoy lemang with a type of freshwater fish, Kelah (Mahseer fish).


This is because Mahseer fish thrives in the river near their villages and the fish is very popular and has been the tribe’s favourite food for many generations.



“Yes, we also have lemang (during Hari Raya) but we ate it with Mahseer fish grilled or cooked in gravy because the fish is easily available here.


“It’s not that we could not find beef or chicken, but it’s quite difficult to obtain them because we would have to leave the village to go to the market,” Kampung Kuala Koh viilage head, Tok Batin Muhammad Pokok told Bernama when met recently.


He said, their lemang is different from the typical lemang because they did not cover the hollow of the bamboo with banana leaves before filling in the rice, instead, they use a different type of leaf which will give a uniquely pleasant aroma when roasted.



The Orang Asli community is an expert in cooking rice in bamboo, which is also a typical dish usually served to visitors of the villages.


Meanwhile, Mahseer fish justifies its position as the special occasion delicacy as it is priced about RM200 per kilogramme and could even reach RM1,000 per fish.


The tribe usually hold a family gathering during the Aidilfitri celebration and eat the dishes together.


“We do not do the ziarah (visiting from house to house) but our children will gather in their parents’ house for a meal as a sign of the end of the fasting month,” he said.


Meanwhile the village head of Kampung Aring 5, Tok Batin Raina Anjang said the house visiting custom between the two villages could not be practise this year following the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to curb the spread of COVID-19.


“It would be good enough if we could gather together for a feast but this time we will only eat at our own houses to comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) instructed by the government,” he said.


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Five in family die in Membakut fire

KOTA KINABALU Five members of a family were killed and two others injured in a fire that razed their house in Kampung Binsuluk, Membakut, about 80 km from here, today.


Sabah Fire and Rescue Department director Kamarulzaman Malik Abdullah said the dead were identified as Aishah Jumat, 58, and her sons Dzulkarnain Othman, 34, Dzulnisham, 27, Rozaini, 26, and Rosdi, 24.


“In the incident, her two other children, aged 29 and 25, suffered burns and were treated at Beaufort Hospital. Aishah’s husband, Othman Ali, 64, and their daughters-in-law are safe,” he said when contacted here.



Kamarulzaman said a team from the Kuala Penyu Fire and Rescue Station was rushed to the scene upon receiving an emergency call at 2.54 am.


“Firemen put out the blaze at 5.50 am and found their charred remains,” he added.


The cause of the fire is being investigated, he said.


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King performs Aidilfitri prayers at Istana Negara

KUALA LUMPUR Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today performed Aidilfitri prayers in a congregation of 30 people at the main surau of Istana Negara here.


Istana Negara’s Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said this was the first time His Majesty had performed the Aidilfitri prayers at the Palace’s main surau, this following the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.


“By convention, His Majesty usually performs the Aidilfitri prayers at the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement today.



Ahmad Fadil said the prayers were led by Istana Negara religious officer Datuk Abdul Aziz Che Yacob and the congregation and comprised Palace officers and staff.


The prayers were performed according to CMCO guidelines issued by the government and the Health Ministry.


According to Ahmad Fadil, the King joined the congregation for a meal after the prayers.



He added that Al-Sultan Abdullah, the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and family are celebrating this year’s Aidilfitri at the Istana Negara and not in Kuantan, Pahang following the enforcement of the CMCO which is set to end on June 9.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Aidilfitri: The new normal instills good values – Saifuddin

KUALA LUMPUR The new normal has taught Malaysians to practise good values and that respecting each other has great importance in everyday life, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.


In a Hari Raya Aidilfitri video greeting posted on his official Twitter account, Saifuddin said Malaysians should take heed of warnings and take preventive measures to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.


“We should not be downhearted for having to spend Aidilfitri away from families.  Social relationships can be strengthened using latest (communication) technologies,” he said.



Saifuddin also reminded the public to always practise self-hygiene, wash hands with soap and water, wear face masks, use hand sanitiser and keep a social distance of one metre.


“Selamat menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. #KitaTeguhKitaMenang #KomunikasiKita,” he said.



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Putrajaya becomes local attraction during Aidilfitri

PUTRAJAYA The Federal Government Administrative Centre here, which is usually quiet during the Aidilfitri holiday period, was today teeming with people clad in their best Raya outfits as they took the opportunity to visit and pose for photographs in front of the iconic buildings in the area.


Most of the visitors were those who could not return to their hometowns following the enforcement of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which barred interstate travel, to curb the spread of COVID-19.


One visitor, Abu Bakar Burhanuddin, 31, said he would usually go back to his grandfather’s house in Johor after the Aidilfitri prayers, but chose to come here this year with a friend from Kuala Lumpur to overcome the boredom of being cooped up at home for too long.



“I’m okay about not being able to return to my hometown because we must adapt to the new normal, such as maintaining social distancing.


“But the situation here is completely different as we can’t perform Aidilfitri prayers in the mosque. Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are usually empty, but this time there are a lot of people and vehicles,” he said.


Siti Nabilah Zulkifli, 35, said she too came here with her family to take photographs and to entertain her children after not being able to return to their hometown in Kedah.



“At first we thought of having meals and resting at home in Seri Kembangan. But the kids seemed bored, so we took them here for an outing,” she said.


Government servant Amirul Adli Razali, 33, said his family decided to come here (Putrajaya) as they could not go back to their hometown in Bachok, Kelantan to celebrate Aidilfitri this year.


“We also cannot visit our relatives, so I took my family here for a walk and also to take some photographs,” he said.


Meanwhile, several police cars were seen patrolling around the Putrajaya area to ensure there were no large gatherings and that the public complied with the social distancing regulation.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency