SOPs on reopening of houses of worship out soon

Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 16: The federal government will come out with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of houses of worship during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period soon.

The National Unity Ministry in a press statement today said its Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique has held online discussions with 12 leaders and representatives from various religious bodies on the reopening of houses of worship during the CMCO period.

The statement said the discussion also involved medical officers from the Ministry of Health.

Leaders and representatives from various religions such as Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Taoist, and Sikhi attended the discussion.

The religious bodies which participated in the discussion included: Christian Federation of Malaysia, Malaysia Gurdwara Council, Malaysian Buddhist Association, Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, Federation of Taoist Association Malaysia, Malaysia Christian Youth Association Malaysia, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship Malaysia, Malaysia Hindu Sanggam, Buddhist Missionaries Malaysia Society and Council of Churches Malaysia.

The statement said all representatives who attended the discussion provided suggestions for the SOPs which will be developed by the National Unity Ministry in collaboration with MoH.

It noted MoH will provide feedback to the National Unity Ministry on the reopening of selected houses of worship in the green zone area on Monday (May 18).

Thereafter, National Unity Ministry added a follow up meeting will be held on May 18 to finalise the SOPs which will be chaired by its secretary general.

Subsequently, it revealed that Halimah will seek consent from the National Security Council (MKN) for the reopening of houses of worship in green zone and the SOPs on May 19 after presenting the list of the houses of worship proposed by MoH.

The announcement for the reopening of houses of worship will be made by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob thereafter. —DayakDaily