No sharing of prayer materials among followers in all religious houses in Sabah, says Masidi


KOTA KINABALU: All religious houses of worship in Sabah are required to ensure that their worshippers bring their own prayer materials and no sharing is allowed.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the measure was to check any possible spread of Covid-19 via sharing of materials.

He said Muslims will have to bring their own prayer mats and females, their prayer garments (telukung), when attending prayers at mosques, surau and prayer rooms as part of SOPs.

Masidi said the directive that does not allow the sharing of prayer mats and telekung was issued by the state government via the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAINS).

“The management of mosques, surau and businesses with prayer rooms will not be allowed to provide the prayers mats and telekung for those using the premises,” he added.

Masidi also said that other non-Muslim religious houses were also required to ensure that worshippers bring their own respective prayer materials.

“A notice should be put up to inform worshipers to bring their own personal prayer materials or equipment,” he said in a statement Thursday (May 27).

Meanwhile, the state government has also ordered all golf tournaments to be cancelled until June 7.

Masidi said recreational golf was permitted but only one person was allowed to a buggy.

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