Can foreigners go for Sunday mass?

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  • Wednesday, 02 Sep 2020

DESPITE some misgivings over the extension of the recovery movement control order (MCO) to Dec 31, Malaysians generally accept the government’s decision, believing that this is the safer way to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is in view of developments in some countries where the infection rate had ebbed to very low levels only to rise again alarmingly.

Since the recovery MCO has been extended, I would like to ask the relevant authorities to clarify the status of expatriate priests and congregation now that many houses of worship have reopened.

There are questions over whether expatriate priests on valid visas can conduct service in church and foreigners can join the congregation for Sunday mass.

Church administrators are worried about committing any breaches of the law and would welcome the government’s clarification on this matter.

Could Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is currently doing a fine job explaining various issues during his regular press briefings on the SOP and related matters, provide the necessary clarifications, please?

Currently, priests from other countries are reluctant to conduct Sunday services and foreigners are not allowed to join the congregation even if they adhere to all the SOP.

I hope the Defence Minister will clear this matter up as soon as possible.


Sg Buloh, Selangor

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