No sleepovers during Hari Raya house visits

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KUALA LUMPUR: Those planning to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri by visiting family members within their states of residence are forbidden from conducting overnight stays.

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Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this is in keeping with the rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), as festive home visits are allowed only on the first day of the celebration.

“If Hari Raya falls on the 24th, a person is not allowed to be at the house they visit after 12.01am, because it would then be the 25th.

“We were very clear that only the first day of Hari Raya can be celebrated with family members… the 25th is already the second day of Hari Raya and still being in the house the next day is against the rules and SOPs issued by the government,” he said during his daily press conference today.

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Ismail previously announced that visits during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai will only be allowed on the first day of each festival and are limited to immediate family members.

On the Johor state government’s statement that it discourages even inter-district travel, he said this is in line with the federal government and Health director-general’s directions.

“Although it is permitted, we hear every day the Health director-general saying that it is not encouraged.

“I have also mentioned that even though there is flexibility (for inter-district travels), we need to be safe… If we can celebrate Hari Raya in our homes, then just celebrate at home,” Ismail Sabri added.

-NST

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