covid-19 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in a news conference during his first day at work as the Foreign Affairs Minister in Wisma Putra, Putrajaya. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 11 MARCH 2020 Sulawesi tabligh convention
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in a news conference during his first day at work as the Foreign Affairs Minister in Wisma Putra, Putrajaya. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 11 MARCH 2020

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was relieved after the authorities in Indonesia cancelled the tabligh assembly in Sulawesi.

“Many people texted me about the tabligh assembly in Indonesia yesterday as they were worried that it could cause the spread of #COVID19, especially to the Malaysians who attended the convention. I’m relieved that the authorities and organiser had decided to postpone the assembly in Gowa,” he twitted.

Earlier today, the authorities and organiser of the Ijtima of Asia 2020 convention postponed the event scheduled in Gowa near Makassar after the similar event in Malaysia had caused hundreds of coronavirus infection.

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Administrative head of Gowa, Adnan Purichta Ichsan Yasin Limpo said that the Sulawesi Tabligh Convention is postponed and thousands of participants will be quarantined before they are allowed to go home or back their countries.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin urged all Malaysians who returned from abroad to go for medical screening.

“They should do voluntary self quarantine for 14 days, in line with the #MovementControlOrder,” he added.

It was reported that a total of 83 Malaysians were in Sulawesi for the event. The convention was also attended by tabligh from 48 other countries. -MalaysiaGazette

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