A picture of people gathering for a Buka Puasa (Iftar) picnic in Putrajaya is going viral.
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya?
A picture showing crowds of people gathering for a Buka Puasa (Iftar) picnic in Putrajaya is going viral, with this warning message :
Buka puasa picnics allowed. This was in putrajaya which has more cases than Selangor
BTW Covid cases today over 2000
Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya? The Facts!
Netizens are justly angry with the picture, partly because of the crowd size, and partly because no one appears to be wearing face masks.
However, the truth is not quite what it seems… here are the FACTS :
Fact #1 : The Picture Was From 2019
That viral picture of people having their Buka Puasa picnic is genuine, and was taken at the Laman Iftar in Putrajaya.
However, this picture was taken two years ago – in 2019, not 2021. Obviously, at that time, COVID-19 did not exist and so, there was no need for face masks or physical distancing.
It was posted on 14 April 2021 by Perbadanan Putrajaya, but they specifically pointed out it was taken in 2019.
Fact #2 : Buka Puasa Picnics Are Allowed
Buka Puasa events, including buffet and gatherings are allow.
On 14 April 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council released the SOP for such Buka Puasa activities.
Putrajaya is in an RMCO area, and so Buka Puasa / Iftar activities are allowed at full capacity, subject to other SOP conditions.
Whether such a decision is wise during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – that’s another issue altogether.
Fact #3 : There Are SOPs To Adhere To
To allay fears that allowing Buka Puasa activities while the COVID-19 pandemic is raging, the government insisted on SOPs being followed.
The Perbadanan Putrajaya post with this viral picture actually listed those conditions for those who wanted to do it at the park :
- Wear a face mask
- Maintain cleanliness
- Scan the MySejahtera QR code
- Take your body temperature before entering
- Maintain physical distance
- Bring your own picnic mat
- There must be 2 metres between picnic mats
While Perbadanan Putrajaya did not share pictures of the actual picnic, the pictures they shared showed orange physical distancing markers and people wearing face masks.
Fact #4 : Selangor Has More Cases Than Putrajaya
The claim that Putrajaya has more COVID-19 cases than Selangor is outright false.
As of 14 April 2021, Putrajaya only recorded a total of 1,254 cases, while Selangor had 97X more – 121,358 cases!
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