Youth volunteers deployed at mosques nationwide

Lyna Mohamad

Officials from various agencies have been deployed to ensure the smooth operations of Friday prayers at mosques nationwide, following their re-opening after a 10-week closure in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Among those lending a helping hand are members of the Youth Volunteers Group through the Community Service Department.

Community Service Department Head of Operation Mohd Ashmeer said the 105 volunteers have been deployed to assist with the flow of participants for Friday prayers at 15 mosques in the Brunei-Muara District, five in the Belait District, five in the Tutong District and five in the Temburong District.

They work alongside Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) officials in scanning the BruHealth QR code and ensuring each congregant has a booked slot, and is either a green or yellow code holder. They are also tasked with ensuring mosque congregants bring a face mask and praying mat, help conduct body temperature checks at entry points and sanitise hands before entering mosques.

“At certain mosques, our volunteers assist with arranging the praying slots for mosque congregants, ensuring at least a metre gap between congregants,” said Mohd Ashmeer.

Running with the ‘We Fight Together’ slogan, Mohd Ashmeer said it is a great opportunity to serve the nation during these times, especially during the re-opening of mosques on May 29, 2020.

“We would like to thank the Ministry of Religious Affairs for their trust and continuous support for us, Sukarelawan Belia, for being among the frontliners together with other government agencies in ensuring the smooth conduct of Friday prayers,” he said.

Youth Volunteer Group members with uniformed personnel and mosque officials at the Mohamed Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Serusop. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD