A special tent for body temperature screening and attendance records are among the new normal at the Chini state by-election which is taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic environment.
Observations at the Felda Chini 3 Quran and Fardu Ain (KAFA) Class, polling centre near here, found that all voters who wanted to go to the polling centre have to get their body temperatures screened in the first tent facing the gate, besides being required to wear face masks.
Three mosques in Kuantan have been reopened for Friday prayers on a trial basis.
Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Ibni Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said closing congregational prayers was necessary in combating Covid-19.
However, Tengku Hassanal said the number of Covid-19 patients was coming under control and after being briefed by the Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MUIP) secretary, he had agreed to a Friday prayers trial run at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah state mosque as well as the Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa mosques.
All non-prohibited businesses are now allowed to operate in Pahang, including roadside food stalls and hawkers of various types – except in localities where there are new Covid-19 positive cases.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (pic) said these localities included Flat Benus Bentong, Pasaraya TF Raub, the Rubberflex factory in Bentong and Pasar Mentakab, which would all be closed until May 24.
The Bentong Segar mini market will be closed until May 20 while Pekan Dong is closed until further notice.