Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, JO TIMBUONG and R. ARAVINTHAN
THE Masi Magam festival chariot procession at a temple in Melaka was completed within 30 minutes in compliance with Covid-19 standard operating procedure, Makkal Osai reported.
The festival went ahead without devotees for the first time in 150 years, said committee members, adding that it was important to adhere to the SOP.
The silver chariot carrying Lord Murugan pulled by two bulls was originally intended to leave the Sree Poiyatha Vinayagar Temple in the morning and reach the Sannasimalai Andavar Temple after a 10-hour journey.
This was eventually changed to a special small vehicle.
> The daily also reported that scrap metal dealers and recyclers are hoping for some targeted programmes to help them sustain and revive their flagging businesses.
Theepa Metals owner Datuk Seri S. Arumugam said the sector had been hit by the pandemic.
He urged the government to consider easing the rules in getting bank loans and introducing SME loan schemes to help those involved in this sector.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.