Shoura eyes reducing Haia powers: Vote today

Updated 22 December 2015

Shoura eyes reducing Haia powers: Vote today

JEDDAH: The Shoura Council will vote on Monday (today) on a proposal to identify tasks of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) by issuing specific guidelines for the body’s members.
A Shoura member who proposed this recommendation called for clarifying cases that need Haia’s interference.
Abdullah Al-Harbi said malls and large centers must be forced to provide offices to Haia members to protect people from harassment and prevent any wrongful behaviors.
“There are more than 10 million expatriates from different religions living in the Kingdom. Most of them perform their religious rituals at their homes and in closed areas. While these expatriates have different social customs, they must be respected if they do not violate public laws,” he added.
“The proposal has been submitted for voting at the council on Monday, and it will help clarify the working of Haia and reduce mistakes of its members by limiting their authority in evaluating violations,” he added.
Meanwhile, Haia in Jeddah has sought the help of six government agencies to prevent the symbols and festivities of Christmas and New Year from being shown and celebrated in the city.
The Haia noted that manifestations of these holidays that should be banned include the distribution of Christmas cards and the adorning of trees with Christmas decorations.
The Jeddah Secretariat has demanded that government agencies work together to take precautionary measures to prevent hospitals, hotels, health centers and companies from holding Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The secretariat has also requested the bodies concerned to report any events relating to Christmas and New Year celebrations inside these facilities to the Haia immediately.
The government agencies included in a recent circulation from the Haia in which they were requested to monitor any manifestations of such celebrations were the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance, Health Affairs Department, Commerce and Industry Chamber, the Secretariat and the Police Department.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.