MELAKA: Complimentary columbarium niche-spaces are being offered for families to store ash urns during the Covid-19 pandemic period, says the state government.
Melaka Chief Minister's secretary for community affairs, Yong Fun Juan, said those who can’t afford to pay for the fees to store the cremated remains of their loved ones could seek his help.
“We have a number of slots at a private columbarium that have been reserved for those facing financial hardship.
“Buying single urn niches could be expensive where prices vary depending on the columbarium's location and its ‘feng shui’ (Chinese geomancy),” he said on Thursday (July 29).
Meanwhile, chairman of the special Melaka Covid-19 committee Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafaar Atan said several government agencies will assist Melaka Hospital to ferry deceased from the Muslim community to the burial grounds.
He said additional vans are needed to manage the last rites following an increase in death cases at hospitals.
Abdul Ghafaar said police and the Armed Forces have agreed to provide the vans.
Melaka recorded 10 Covid-19 fatalities on Thursday, while the state witnessed the highest number of deaths on July 26.