Saying horses need care too, Ismail Sabri announces curb lift on equestrian facilities

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Putrajaya has allowed equestrians to reopen to allow horses to be fed and bathed. — Bernama pic
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Putrajaya has allowed equestrians to reopen to allow horses to be fed and bathed. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — Putrajaya has allowed equestrian facilities to reopen to allow horses to be fed and bathed, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today, as he stressed on the need to tend after the animals’ welfare.

“We have allowed zoos to reopen,” the minister said at the National Security Council’s daily briefing on the domestic Covid-19 situation.

“Horses, too, have similar problems. The horses are not fed, their stables are not cleaned up.

“So today’s meeting agreed to allow services related to horses, including equestrian facilities to resume operations,” he said.

Several Cabinet members of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration are known to love horse riding.

Equestrian facilities were among the businesses listed as non-essential and excluded from sectors allowed to reopen under the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

The CMCO replaced the stricter movement control order (MCO) on May 4.

Ismail said on Tuesday that the public compliance rate during the CMCO has been satisfactory, at 95 per cent.

But he warned today that the authorities will soon act on flouters.

Up to 10 individuals were arrested yesterday for breaching the standard operating procedures (SOP) under the CMCO, the minister revealed today.

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