Funeral homes can operate


DEPUTY National Unity Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pic) has been helping funeral service providers since the start of the lockdown, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.

Malaysia Funeral Public Association president Kong Thian Hau said Ti assisted with the approval application to the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) via its Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 on May 30.

“When we found out that funeral home operators had to apply for a permit to operate via Miti’s CIMS 3.0, we sought his assistance to include a funeral service category in the system.

“We are thankful to the deputy minister for relaying our message to Miti to include ‘social management cluster’ and ‘funeral matters other than Islam cluster’ in the system.

“There were no such categories in CIMS 3.0 previously, ” Kong said, adding that the association had been working very closely with Ti.

According to earlier reports, Ti had been criticised for not helping the industry because funeral service operators were not listed as essential service providers.

To this, Kong said he wanted to share with association members and other funeral providers that Ti was the first who listened to their pleas.

“It was during this lockdown that we got to know him through a common friend.

“We then sought his help to include the required categories for funeral homes to apply for a permit to operate.

“As one of the more active associations in Malaysia, we are glad that finally, there is a department in the ministry that is willing to help us, ” he said.

Kong added that the association did not want to be embroiled in political issues over the matter.

“Uniting funeral home operators, strengthening the development and understanding of funeral homes, uniting the Chinese community and setting up a communication platform for industry players have always been our mission and principle.

“We believe what the people need now is a leader who can help, regardless of political background or ministerial department.

“The problems regarding CIMS 3.0 were resolved after a week, ” he said.

> To combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwanese boy band Mayday and its music recording company Believe In Music International (B’in Music) did their part by donating 66 Zoll ventilators to 14 hospitals in Taipei, China Press reported.

A man, believed to be working in one of the hospitals, posted about their good deeds on Facebook.

The man said he was in tears when he found out about the contribution, and thanked the band.

He also praised Mayday and B’in Music for doing it in a low-profile manner.

“Even in these tough times, Mayday and B’in Music extended help to frontliners.

“When they got to know that we did not have enough ventilators, they donated the equipment, ” he said.

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.

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