Chinese cemeteries to bar Qing Ming visitors


CHINESE cemeteries around the country have agreed to bar anyone from attending Qing Ming during the movement control order (MCO) period, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Huazong president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said it was unanimously agreed during a discussion with representatives of Chinese cemeteries that the festival, which falls on April 4, should not be observed outdoors due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“There will be many more years to come. There will be an opportunity for us to clean up the tombs in the future. We hope the Chinese community will understand,” Goh said in a statement.

He reminded the public that since Qing Ming was a festival to pay respects to ancestors, it could be done at home as well.

He said cleaning of tombs could be done during the Ghost Festival or even the Chong Yang Festival.

The priority now was to prevent the spread of the virus, he said, adding that the community should not take the risk during Qing Ming.

“According to the MCO, apart from funerals, other religious or cultural activities should be halted,” he said.

> Hong Kong singer and actress Gillian Chung inadvertently revealed her extensive collection of designer bags during a livestream on Friday, the same daily reported.Stuck at home, Chung decided to share her exercise routine with her fans. Little did she know that the video would reveal her floor-to-ceiling glass cabinet filled with dozens of designer bags.

The cabinet even had a ladder to make it easier for her to reach the bags on the higher shelves.

In an earlier TV interview, Chung, 39, had admitted that she was a huge fan of designer bags and would buy them as a reward for working hard.

But since getting married in 2018, she was said to have considered husband Michael Lai’s feelings and cut down on her purchases.

Chung, who was filming the TV series Female Forensic Doctor JD here, had returned to Hong Kong a week after the MCO was enforced here.

She informed the media that she would self-quarantine for 14 days.

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