Sarawak to decide when non-Muslim houses of worship can reopen after June 9

  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 May 2020

KUCHING: The Sarawak disaster management committee will decide how and when churches and other non-Muslim places of worship in the state can reopen after the conditional movement control order's (MCO) scheduled end on June 9.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the committee, which he chairs, would come up with standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of the houses of worship.

"There is an understanding (with the Federal Government) that the committee is given the responsibility to decide which activities can be reopened as we move towards the end of the conditional MCO.

"As for churches, the committee will decide how (they can reopen) and the SOPs to be followed by them.

"We will decide not only for churches but for temples and other non-Muslim houses of worship," he said at the committee's daily Covid-19 briefing here on Friday (May 29).

Uggah was responding to the National Unity Ministry's list of 174 non-Muslim houses of worship in Covid-19 green zones which were given the green light to reopen from June 10.

The list, released on Thursday (May 28), included only three churches in Sarawak, all located in Bintulu.

Uggah said he had discussed the matter with Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, including the understanding that it would be the committee's responsibility to decide on the reopening of various activities.

"I think the understanding will be maintained. We will come up with the SOPs (for the reopening of activities)," he said.

Uggah also said Sarawak reported no new Covid-19 cases on Friday (May 29), while 13 more patients had recovered and were discharged from the Sarawak General Hospital here.

He said the number of recoveries had now reached up to 90%, or 499 of the 552 confirmed cases in the state to date.

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