by BERNAMA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THAIPUSAM celebrations at temples in states under the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional MCO (CMCO) are not allowed this year.
The Ministry of National Unity (KPN) in a statement yesterday said this decision was made in line with the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Jan 11 on the implementation of the MCO and CMCO from Jan 13-26.
The MCO has been imposed on Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and the Federal Territories, while the CMCO is imposed in Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
On Jan 15, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the enforcement of MCO in Sibu, Sarawak and Kelantan effective Jan 16-29.
National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said in the same statement that the decision was made at the Minister of Defence Technical Committee Meeting No 3, 2021, following discussions between KPN, Hindu religious heads, the National Security Council and Ministry of Health.
Halimah said her ministry was informed of the decisions of the state governments, except the Perlis government, for the Thaipusam celebration not to be held at the temples.
The technical committee also agreed that the Thaipusam celebration could be held in Perlis and Sarawak — which are states under the Recovery MCO — with the permission of the respective state governments and tighter standard operating procedures.
So far, only the Perlis government is allowing the Thaipusam celebration in the state.