The state authorities have so far only given approvals to the committees of 276 places of worship to reopen, he added.
“Based on our records, only about half the number of non-Muslim places of worship in Negri Sembilan have been allowed to reopen after they submitted their applications.
“Since we have some festivals coming up, it is my hope that the committees of places of worship that have not been given the approval to reopen will not do so,” he told reporters after handing over cash assistance to representatives of 18 non-Muslim places of worship and associations here.
If they wished to hold events, they will have to apply to reopen, added the state human resources, plantation and non-Islamic affairs committee chairman.
The state government started allowing non-Muslim places of worship, which complied with the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the authorities, to reopen since July 23 following the Covid-19 outbreak.
Arul said places of worship that were allowed to reopen should also abide by the SOP at all times, adding that based on checks by the authorities these places were complying with the SOP.
Arul earlier presented RM183,000 to representatives of the non-Muslim places of worship and associations to help them hold annual events and do minor repair works.
He said the state government had also approved another RM588,000 to be given to 55 non-Muslim places of worship and associations in the state under the second phase.
In total, the state government had set aside RM1.7mil to be distributed for the purpose this year.
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