Minister sets record straight on swab test during fasting

Syazwani Hj Rosli

COVID-19 swab tests can be done if not during fasting hours, then after iftar during Ramadhan, said Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

He said this at the press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday to clarify the validation of fasting if a person has to undergo swab testing. “It is an exception for emergencies particularly if a person is required to be examined on the spot – for health reasons – then it is permissible to be conducted,” he said.

The minister said that inserting objects into any bodily passageway intentionally, except for medical reasons, can invalidate the fasting of a Muslim.