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Non-Islamic Houses of Worship Permitted to Operate During CMCO

By Mei Kuan

Non-Islamic houses of worship are permitted to operate during the MCO, CMCO and RMCO period from February 19 till March 4. They are subjected to allocated SOPs as stated by the Ministry of National Unity via a media statement dated today (February 20).

For areas placed under CMCO, the number of devotees present must not exceed 50% capacity of the premises (subject to the terms of the National Security Council and consideration of the state government). The duration of praying times is subjected to the management of respective houses of worship.

Meanwhile, praying ceremonies in conjunction with Chap Goh Mei to be celebrated on February 26 are also subjected to SOPs. For areas placed under CMCO, religious activities/prayers are allowed at houses of worship with the number of devotees present not exceeding 50% of the capacity of the premises (subject to the terms of the National Security Council and consideration of the state government). The duration of praying times is subjected to the management of respective houses of worship. Praying activities on the same date is allowed within respective home porches.

The Ministry of National Unity advised all devotees performing religious activities/prayers at houses of worship nationwide to adhere to the SOPs and practise the new normal in order to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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