Johor’s mosque and surau officials to be vaccinated


JOHOR BARU: All imam, bilal and committee members of mosques and surau in Johor will be vaccinated before Hari Raya Aidiladha next week.

Johor Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said the state government wanted to prevent new Covid-19 clusters.

Hari Raya Aidiladha this year falls on Tuesday.

“They will be given the vaccine immediately. This is to ensure there will not be any religious clusters as well as to strengthen the standard operating procedure at mosques and surau in Johor.

“All district kadi offices have been directed to immediately send the lists of the officials who have not received any vaccination to the respective district health offices,” he said yesterday.

Tosrin also reminded slaughterhouses that had been given the approval to carry out the korban (sacrificial rites) to keep their premises clean and strictly follow the SOP.

He said during spot checks with the Department of Veterinary Services at 15 slaughterhouses, some were found to be not following the SOP for korban, including providing a blood reservoir pool, wastewater, and not keeping the area clean.

“Even though these slaughterhouses are only temporary, the owners should not take the SOP lightly.

“They have been warned.

“We do not want a cluster emerging from these slaughterhouses and the government will not hesitate to cancel their licence and permit if they are found to have violated the SOP,” he said, adding that a certificate from the Johor Islamic Religious Department must be obtained to carry out korban.

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