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Hari Raya Is Not Cancelled, We Just Can’t Go Visit Each Other At The Moment

Hari Raya Is Not Cancelled, We Just Can’t Go Visit Each Other At The Moment

Akmal Hakim

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As the Covid-19 crisis rages on, the government is extending its strictly “no balik kampung” rule to also ban visitations during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

Malaysians are strictly prohibited from visiting friends and family or welcoming guests into their own homes to maintain social distancing guidelines against public gatherings during the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) a.k.a. the Conditional MCO (CMCO).

Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob explained that the government has chosen to maintain the “no ziarah” policy as it would be rather impossible for the authorities and by extension, the rakyat, to maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) in every single home across the entire country.

As logic would have it, there’s always a possibility of people overlooking or neglecting hygiene and social distancing practices.

No balik kampung or hosting gatherings this Aidilfitri
(Credit: YouTube/Petronas)

With the annual Ramadan bazaars already taken away from us and mosques across the country closed to congregational prayers, one can’t help but feel a little somber at the prospect of a Covid-19 Aidilfitri.

But that shouldn’t stop you from connecting and enjoying moments with your loved ones in the “new normal”.

Check out our options on free-to-use video conferencing apps and services to host your very own online open house this Raya, HERE, or take a virtual tour of these kampung themed designs made by Malaysians on popular video game titles, HERE.


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