Non-Muslim Weddings To Be Resumed After July 31st
By: Angelynn Teh | May 23, 2020 | in Trending
2020 is no normal year. The global pandemic and social-distancing policies have effectively ruled out large gatherings and are making all once-in-a-lifetime events, particularly weddings essentially impossible. Weddings are dramatically downsized, postponed, or cancelled. With the Movement Control Order (MCO) that conditionally extended till 6th June 2020, there’s a strong possibility that big weddings with extended family and friends in attendance won’t be the norm anytime soon.
On 21st May, the National Unity Ministry announced that all wedding ceremonies in non-muslim worship houses are to be postponed till 31st July 2020. The reopening for non-Muslim worship places proposal was submitted by National Unity minister, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique during the Ministers’ Special Committee Meeting held earlier on Thursday, and was approved by National Security Council (NSC).
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Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob speculated that selected houses of non-muslim worship that are located in local green zones are allowed to open their premises throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period from 10th June 2020 onwards, following the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by National Security Council (NSC). Officers from the National Unity and Integration Department will be appointed to monitor the compliance rate of the SOP under Section 3 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act.
Parties and congregants must adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) including:
Undergoing body temperature screening, wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer.
A distance marker of one metre, both visible and adhesive, must be compulsorily placed on the floor.
Entrances are limited to 30 people, depending on the size of the place of worship.
Devotees diagnosed with diabetes, cancer and other non-communicable diseases are also not encouraged to attend religious services.
Adding that devotees aged 70 above and children below 12 were prohibited from attending similar services, and devotees showing signs of fever, cough, breathing difficulties and flu are not allowed to enter.
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The permission is also only for Malaysians only. All parties including religious bodies and devotees are reminded once again to obey the SOP issued by the NSC and the Health Ministry. Permission to operate will be revoked immediately if parties fail to obey. Meanwhile, in-house weddings, wake services are strictly prohibited at this point.
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Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the houses of worship are allowed to be open only on important days according to the respective religions. For instance, Christians are allowed to attend services in church on Sundays, while Buddhists and Hindus can go to their temples according to the important days in their religion.
We understand getting hitched in religious places according to your beliefs are personal, meaningful and spiritual. The prayers, promises and the entire service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond. But everyone’s health needs to be prioritised, so does yours! It is relevant to follow the measures of social distancing than risking and taking celebrations for granted. We’re sure weddings will soon continue to be a magical moment of love, commitment and connection when the pandemic is over.
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