National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique stated today that chariot processions are still restricted for next year’s Thaipusam due to Covid-19.
Christmas And Thaipusam Covid SOPs To Be Announced Soon
Chariot processions are still restricted for next year’s Thaipusam due to Covid-19, National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique stated today.
Halimah also said that on December 14, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for this year’s Christmas festivities will be discussed.
“In the list of Thaipusam celebration activities, there is also procession, the silver chariot procession. So, in the application for the Thaipusam celebration, the processions are not allowed,” she said.
Thaipusam will fall on January 18 next year.
Source - Malay Mail
Halimah said that the suggested Christmas SOPs have already been drafted and will be presented with Christian community leaders shortly.
“After the engagement session with the necessary religious leaders, we will bring it up on December 14," Halimah said.
Halimah added that while establishing the Thaipusam standard operating procedures, an engagement session was organised on December 2 to gather feedback and acquire thorough information about Thaipusam religious events and traditions.
The session was attended by ten Hindu religious leaders from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor, Kedah, and Perak, all of which have big Thaipusam festivities.
Halimah said that members from the National Security Council (NSC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) were also present and that she would issue the SOPs and a press release after they were verified.
Halimah was asked to publish the formed SOPs for the Thaipusam celebration to provide temples and devotees time to prepare for the yearly holiday.
Halimah stated that temple management committees and hawkers will be permitted to maintain stalls to raise funds to pay for revenue lost during the pandemic, as long as the appropriate local authorities approve.
Source – Malay Mail