As lockdown returns, Malaysians face another bleak Aidilfitri

12/5/2021 8:43:00 PM

As lockdown returns, Malaysians face another bleak Aidilfitri

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As lockdown returns, Malaysians face another bleak EidMohd Rezuan Othman would normally travel from Kuala Lumpur to his hometown in southern Malaysia to spend Eid al-Fitr with his family, but the country's latest nationwide COVID-19 lockdown has scuppered his plans for the second year in a row. Under measures announced on Monday, just days before Eid, he and millions of others are being forced to stay apart from loved ones during the annual celebration because of strict restrictions on travel. 'I haven't gone back for Raya for nearly two years now and I haven't seen my parents in all that time,' said the 40-year-old cook, using the Malay term for Eid.

No 'festive vibes': Malaysians brace for another sombre Hari Raya amid nationwide COVID-19 lockdownFor the second year in a row, many Muslims in Malaysia are unable to “balik kampung” (return to hometown) and reunite with their loved ones.

Five die on overcrowded ferry as Bangladeshis defy lockdown for EidAt least five people died in Bangladesh Wednesday on an overcrowded ferry carrying more than a thousand passengers, officials said, as millions defied a coronavirus lockdown to head home for the Muslim holiday of Eid.

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Hari Raya celebrations and visits out as Malaysia goes into lockdownKUALA LUMPUR Hari Raya celebrations and visits are 'completely prohibited', said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia yesterday imposed a nationwide lockdown. The country is grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the...