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Religious affairs minister: Decision to suspend umrah travel permission prioritises public interest

SEGAMAT, Jan 3 — The resolution to briefly suspend umrah journeys has been a troublesome one to make however it’s carried out within the public interest following the specter of the brand new Covid-19 Omicron variant, mentioned Minister within the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Senator Idris Ahmad.

He mentioned there was no discrimination in opposition to Muslims as alleged by some events.

The resolution was made following cautious deliberation between the related companies considering the suggestions from the Health Ministry relating to the most recent menace of the lethal virus, he mentioned.

He mentioned it was a nationwide subject involving members of the public subsequently such allegations have been extremely thoughtless.

“Don’t slander us, claiming that we would like to oppress Muslims. MoH offered information info of how the illness is being transmitted from all these international locations,” he informed reporters after visiting flood victims housed at Sekolah Agama Kuala Paya, close to right here, at the moment.

Idris mentioned the proposal to make it obligatory for the umrah pilgrims to bear quarantine at designated resorts or venues as a substitute of at their respective houses couldn’t be applied due to a scarcity of logistics.

“We want at the least 1,000 beds a day. In the top, the authorities had to make the choice (to suspend umrah journeys). We don’t need the illness to unfold, which may trigger much more issues (sooner or later),” he mentioned, including that he hoped the individuals may settle for the federal government’s resolution because it was made of their interest.

The authorities had determined to briefly suspend travel permission to carry out umrah beginning January 8 to curb the unfold of the Omicron Covid-19 variant which led to allegations of discrimination in opposition to Muslims hurled by some quarters. — eNM

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