Govt to meet with religious leaders to discuss opening places of worship, says Ismail Sabri


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The National Unity Ministry will meet with leaders of major religions to discuss counter suggestions for them to resume activities, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

He said the special Cabinet meeting had looked into the proposal by the ministry but did not come to an agreement on the issue.

“The matter had been presented to the committee and was discussed. There are certain issues that need to be looked into in detail.

“The minister will meet with religious leaders again with counter-proposals from the meeting. If everything can be agreed upon, then we will announce it, ” he said on Tuesday (May 19).

The National Unity Ministry had presented a proposal to allow religious groups to hold activities at places of worship in view of the flexibility allowed under the conditional movement control order (MCO).

The government had received appeals and might consider easing restrictions for religious activities at places of worship as Muslims have been allowed to perform Friday prayers at selected mosques with standard operating procedures in place.

On another matter, Ismail Sabri said the committee has agreed to the Youth and Sports Ministry’s application to allow training to be held for athletes involved in the “Road to Tokyo” Olympics and Paralympics programme.

The special permission is given to 265 individuals including 57 athletes and training will start from June 1 till 30.

Ismail Sabri said three training centres have been identified and all those involved will have to comply with strict SOPs.

“Upon arrival, they will have to undergo a swab test and only those who are negative can participate in the training. Once they are inside the training centres, they will not be allowed to leave until the end of the training session.

“And before they leave the training centres, they will have to do a swab test again to ensure they are cleared and will not infect those at home, ” he said.

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