Non-Islamic Marriage Ceremonies Permitted for Areas Placed under MCO, CMCO and RMCO 

By Mei Kuan

Effective February 26, non-Islamic marriage ceremonies at the National Registration Department, houses of worship and non-Islamic religious societies are permitted to be conducted for areas placed under MCO, CMCO and RMCO.

According to a media statement by the National Registration Department dated today (February 26), the decision was made to enable non-Islamic marriage ceremonies, which were postponed since the enforcement of MCO 2.0, to be held.

However, marriage ceremonies at areas placed under EMCO are still not allowed.

Among the updated SOPs related to attendance capacity during the ceremony of marriage registration are as follow:

  • Ceremony at the National Registration Department (MCO, CMCO and RMCO) to be attended by a maximum of 10, including registrar, for registration of civil marriage. Subject to the size of premises.
  • For areas placed under CMCO, ceremony at house of worship and non-Islamic religious society by Assistant Registrar of Marriage to be attended by a maximum of 20, including Assistant Registrar of Marriage, for registration following religion and also civil. Subject to the size of premises.

No social functions are permitted at the National Registration Department while the registration ceremony is ongoing. Meanwhile, social functions at houses of worship and non-Islamic religious societies are subjected to terms set by the National Security Council, Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Unity, local authorities and state government.

For more info, visit the website of the National Security Council ( or National Registration Department ( Readers can also call the National Registration Department’s corporate communication unit at 03 8880 7077 or email to

The National Registration Department urges all involved to adhere to the enforced SOPs to ensure ceremonies can be conducted safely and to curb the spread of COVID-19.


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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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