All Festive Processions Not Allowed Due To New Omicron Variant

All festive processions including Kavadi procession for Thaipusam and Chingay during Chinese New Year to be celebrated next year are not allowed.


All Festive Processions Not Allowed Due To New Omicron Variant

All festive processions including Kavadi procession for Thaipusam and Chingay during Chinese New Year to be celebrated next year are not allowed.

National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said this is because the country is facing the new Covid-19 Omicron variant.

“In the application for Thaipusam, the procession is not allowed as we are facing the new [Covid-19] variant.

“Secondly on Chingay, as I have already mentioned, procession is not allowed for Thaipusam, so whatever forms of procession would also not be allowed and the decision depends on three committees,” she said during ministers’ question time in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Dec 7).

source - the rakyat post

Halimah was replying to a supplementary question by Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (independent-Tebrau) who wanted to know whether the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the coming Chinese New Year allow Chingay procession during the festival.

Meanwhile, when replying to the original question by Sivakumar Varatharaju Naidu (Pakatan Harapan-Batu Gajah) who wanted to know the SOPs formulated for Thaipusam celebration on Jan 18, 2022, Halimah said the proposed SOPs for the festival including Christmas this year will be tabled to three committees for approval in the middle of December.

She said it will be presented to the Pandemic Management Technical Working Group on Dec 13, and later brought to the Quartet Ministers Meeting on Dec 14, before being taken to the Special Committee on Pandemic Management meeting to be chaired by the prime minister scheduled for Dec 15.

“After receiving the decision of the meetings, a circular on the approved SOPs will be sent to religious leaders and a media statement will be prepared,” she said.

Halimah said for the provision of the Thaipusam SOPs, her ministry held an engagement session with 10 Hindu religious leaders and representatives of the National Security Council as well as the Ministry of Health on Dec 2.

The engagement session, she said, was aimed at obtaining detailed information on activities and religious ceremonies suitable for the festival and through the engagement session, seven matters (or religious activities) were identified, including the operation of stalls subject to the approval of the local authorities.

For each festive SOP celebrated by the various races in the country, Halimah said the ministry would hold engagement sessions with the related parties two months before the date of the festival.

“All SOP proposals after the engagement session would be brought to each of the committee meeting stated earlier. As such, there is no problem with providing the SOPs for whatever festivals for the Malaysian Family,” she said.

Source: Bernama

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