Earlier this week, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) has announced that worshippers who have yet to receive their booster shots are not allowed to perform Friday prayers at the mosque.
However, it seems that some did not get the message across and continue to go to the mosques to just be denied entry.
Several viral videos of worshippers praying outside the mosque compound were being circulated on social media, where they were seen spreading prayer rugs to pray and fulfil their religious responsibility.
Naturally, people are angry as they are prevented from fulfilling their duties and questioned the new law enforced by mosques in Selangor.
Netizens by large accused JAIS of denigrating their religion by blocking Friday prayers in large numbers. Some even said that everyone deserves the freedom to worship God.
Meanwhile, President of the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisations (Mapim) Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid has urged the JAIS to reconsider the decision, saying that the new rule creates an unfair assumption that mosques are breeding grounds for the Covid-19 virus.
“Mosques have been unfairly targeted during the pandemic. The authorities must be fair and meticulous in implementing Covid-19 guidelines,” he said.
Nonetheless, these restrictions were not introduced without reason. As the new daily cases in the country hit 30,000 recently, all parties should do their part to encourage the public to get their booster shots.
As of 25 February, active cases with probable infection stood at 294,430 based on the data from COVIDNOW and cumulative fatalities are soaring to 32,591 cases.
Selangor recorded the highest daily number with 7,458 cases, followed by Sabah (4,892), Johor (2,699), Kedah (2,579), Penang (2,575), Kuala Lumpur (2100), Negeri Sembilan (1,840), Kelantan (1,746), Pahang (1,647) and Perak (1,552).
With a cumulative figure of 3,337,227 cases, Malaysia is now ranked 26th in the list of 225 countries struck by the Covid-19 pandemic.