Follow SOPs closely at temples, devotees advised


A notice outside the Goddess of Mercy Temple in George Town informing devotees about the latest SOPs.

DEVOTEES who wish to pray at the temples during the Chinese New Year have been advised to strictly follow all the standard operating procedures (SOP).

They will have to wear their face masks at all times, maintain physical distancing and pray for not more than 30 minutes.

Goddess of Mercy Temple (officially known as Kong Hock Keong) board of trustees vice- chairman Tan Kok Chye said the temple would be open to the public today, tomorrow and on Feb 19.

“The temple will be open from 6am to 2pm.

“We will make sure that there are no more than 30 worshippers at any one time and everyone must wear face masks and maintain physical distancing.

“There will be workers on duty to make sure that the standard operating procedures are adhered to. “The duration for prayers is 30 minutes, followed by sanitisation for another 30 minutes before the next slot for prayers, ” he said in a phone interview.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Buddhist Association (MBA) honorary secretary Venerable Ji Zun said Chinese New Year this year would definitely be different from the celebrations in previous years.

“Many devotees will go to temples to pray during Chinese New Year especially on the eve and first day of the Lunar calendar.

“During the first day of Chinese New Year, many will go to temples and pray for a better year ahead.

“It has been a tradition for many to go to temples during this time.

“Since there is the MCO this year, many devotees understand that it is better not to go out.

“For those who visit the temples, they must adhere strictly to the SOPs, ” she said.

Ven Ji Zun added that although the MBA would be closed to the

public, several employees would still be on duty to entertain requests from devotees to light oil lamps virtually.

Devotees can get the form at http://www.malaysianbuddhist association.org/images/stories/ activities/2021/lamplighting2021.pdf and email back to mba.hq@mbahq.my

The MBA will also broadcast Chinese New Year greeting videos and programmes from today to Feb 14 at 10am and 8pm respectively via MBA’s Facebook and YouTube channel.

Visit MBA’s Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/malaysian buddhistassociation/ and YouTube channel via https://www.youtube.com/c/VideoMalaysian

Buddhist Association to watch the programmes.

Devotees can also call 04-226 2690 or 012-638 2690 to request the lighting of digital lotus lights, oil lamps and also lanterns on their behalf.

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