Registration Of Marriage (ROM) Now Allowed For All Non-Muslims Couples
Non-Muslim Couples Can Now Celebrate ROM
The COVID-19 pandemic sure had a way of thwarting our long-made plans — and that includes nuptials. Social-distancing measures are making all wedding and celebrations essentially impossible for the rest of this year, having couples putting their marriage on hold or turn to unique methods of getting hitched during the COVID-19 pandemic. But here's great news for our fellow Malaysian lovebirds! As our states began to ease the COVID-19 restrictions and start reopening, couples now can slowly start to gather with a limited number of 20 guests and have their "I do"s said in-person!
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob released an official statement on 21st June 2020, announcing marriage registrations for non-Muslim couples are now permitted. Non-Muslim couples whose registration for marriage was affected/delayed due to the Movement Control Order(MCO) can now carry on completing the procedure at all permitted non-governmental organisations(NGOs) in the country.
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“A special ministerial meeting on the implementation of MCO has agreed to allow the marriage ceremony of non-Muslims to be done at houses of worship and religious organisations with permitted marriage registrars. The ceremony is not allowed to have more than 20 people, including the marriage registrar, depending on the size of the room with social distancing in mind, ” Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated.
“Wedding reception is still not allowed, ” he added.
Ismail Sabri also speculates the standard operation procedure (SOP) placed by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry needs to be carried out during all ceremonies.
On 7th June 2020, Ismail Sabri said in order to allow registrations for marriages to proceed without the need for new applications, it's necessary to have pending marriage registrations for both Muslims and non-Muslims resolved before 31st July 2020. He also said the standard operation procedures(SOPs) for marriage or divorce registration for both Muslims and non-Muslims will be prepared by the National Registration Department (NRD).
Registration of marriage will be allowed and held at 171 non-governmental organisations by the National Registration Department (NRD), including clan organisations and houses of worship that have been permitted to operate by the National Unity Ministry during the Movement Control Order(MCO). Nonetheless, these NGOs received a notice the next day from the National Registration Department (NRD) to put a stop at the processing of marriage registration until further notice.
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We highly encourage couples to get creative if you plan to say "I do" in the era of social distancing! It might not be what you initially planned or dreamed of but it’s always better to come up with solutions that will make your wedding unique, memorable, and safe for all — even though you and your 20 guests have to be one meter apart.
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As couples globally are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, it is doubtlessly challenging to take the right actions and navigate such an ever-evolving scenario. This crisis presents ongoing challenges to every one of us, but looking at the bright side, the COVID-19 pandemic also summoned us to marshal and awakened the leader within us! Let’s continue to fight this pandemic together as one. #SatuMalaysia #LoveGoesOn
Source: The Star
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