Non-Islamic houses of worship in Penang looking to reopen urged to submit application


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 24 May 2020

GEORGE TOWN: All non-Muslim houses of worship in Penang who wish to reopen should submit their applications to their various religious representatives, urged Chong Eng (pic).

The state non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman said after the lists are collected, the representatives will submit it to the National Unity Ministry for approval.

“The National Unity Ministry will cooperate with the state government at the local government level to coordinate matters related to the opening of religious sites and any updates will be notified separately.

“The religious sites that are permitted to reopen must strictly abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP) which include the number of believers do not exceed 30 (depending on the size of the religious site), provide hand sanitizer, scan the temperature of each attendee and ensure attendees to wear a face mask when entering the religious sites.

“Only Malaysians are allowed to enter religious sites.

“Children below 12 years old and seniors above 70 years old are prohibited, ” she said in a statement, adding that the government still does not allow weddings in temples and churches.

Meanwhile, Chong Eng encouraged those approved religious sites to register their religious sites using the Penang Care tracking system in assisting the state government to effectively control the spread of the pandemic.

“The 'PGCare' system only records the attendee’s names and contact number and only the Penang government as access to the data.

“Upon request by the Health Ministry, only then does the state government access the relevant information.

“All data will be kept for 30 days and will be automatically deleted with the approval of Penang Health Bureau.

“Those religious organizations who wish to use the 'PGCare' system may visit the website at www.pgcare.my or www.penanglawancovid19.com to register.

“Although the government will gradually approve non-Muslim religious sites, I hope that all religious sites in Penang can do risk management, ensure the hygiene of the sites and carry out disinfection activities before submitting applications, ” she added.

Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced on May 20 that the ministry has agreed to reopen 174 religious sites on June 10.

These 174 religious sites include 84 Hindu churches, 67 churches, 15 Buddhist temples and eight Sikh temples.

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