KUALA LUMPUR – Thaipusam rituals are not allowed this year at the temples in states under the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
The decision was made by the Senior Minister of Defence Technical Committee Meeting after a discussion with the Ministry of National Unity and the Hindu Religious Leaders, National Security Council (MKN) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Minister of National Unity, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said that her ministry is aware that all state governments have decided not to hold Thaipusam celebrations at the houses of worships (Hindu temples) in their states this year, with the exception of Perlis.
“The technical meeting has also agreed that Thaipusam can be held in states under the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Rder) with the permission of the State Government under stricter SOP. Currently, only the State Government of Perlis under the RMCO has allowed Thaipusam rituals to be held,” she said.
Halimah emphasized that the strict Standard Operating Procedures determined by the MKN and MOH must be complied to control the Covid-19 infections, especially at this crucial time. –MalaysiaGazette