Ramadan programmes allowed subject to SOPs

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has decided to allow the holding of Ramadan ‘Pengimarahan’ programmes (Program Pengimarahan Ramadan) at mosques and suraus, subject to the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued on Apr 1. 

During the Covid-19 update press conference today, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this decision was made after the committee had reviewed and considered the SOP from the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS).

The SOP issued by MIS for Ramadan ‘Pengimarahan’ programmes at mosques and suraus during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) or conditional movement control order (CMCO) included that ‘Solat Sunat Tarawih and Witir’ activities would be allowed but not past 10pm.

‘Tadarus’ activities would also be allowed an hour before ‘fardhu prayers’ Zohor and Asar’ and after ‘Tarawih and Witir’ up until 10pm.

‘Qiamullail’ would be permitted starting from 4am, while ‘Iktikaf’ is allowed simultaneously with the duration of the permitted ‘pengimarahan’ activities.

‘Majlis Khatam Al-Quran’ is allowed an hour before ‘solat fardhu Zohor and Asar’ and after ‘solat Isyak’ but not past 10.30pm and without banquet (only packed food allowed).

‘Kutipan Zakat Fitrah’ (payment of alms) is allowed simultaneously with the duration of the permitted ‘pengimarahan’ activities.

‘Cleanliness Gotong-Royong’ is allowed according to the Covid-19 SOP but with no more than 50 participants.

Grave visits are allowed according to the SOP set by MIS or SDMC and the respective Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs).

Ceremonies to distribute assistance or contributions are allowed according to the Covid-19 SOP with a maximum restriction of 200 participants at any one time.

‘Majlis Berbuka Puasa’ (Breaking of fast) and ‘Majlis Jamuan Sahur’ (meal of dawn) are not permitted, except for 15 persons consisting of resident committee members including mosque officer and other officers.

‘Majlis Jamuan Moreh’ (light beverages) is also not permitted, except for the distribution of packed food to be brought back.