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The SOPs Are Out For Thaipusam In MCO And CMCO Areas

The SOPs Are Out For Thaipusam In MCO And CMCO Areas

To stop the spread of Covid-19, most activities are not allowed

Hakim Hassan

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Thaipusam is just a day away and the government has issued the SOPs for the Movement Control Order (MCO) areas and also the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas.

Unlike previous years, the ceremony for 2021 will be limited with no public participation to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The information is taken from the National Security Council (NSC) who issued the SOPs on 25 January.

MCO SOP

Prayer ceremonies and other religious activities at temples are not allowed.

All activities are allowed except:

▪ Unauthorized Activities
▪ Silver Carriage Parade
▪ Carrying a “Kavadi”
▪ Shaving hair
▪ Bathing ritual in the Temple
▪ Accompaniment / band
▪ Physical contact such as shaking hands

Credit: MKN

Thaipusam pre-celebration sales

  1. Sales / business activities are not allowed
  2. Online sales activities are encouraged.
Credit: MKN

CMCO SOP

Prayer ceremonies and other religious activities at temples are not allowed.

All activities are allowed except:

▪ Unauthorized activities
▪ Silver Carriage Parade
▪ Carrying a “Kavadi”
▪ Hair shaving
▪ Bathing ritual in the Temple
▪ Accompaniment / band
▪ Physical activities such as shaking hands

Credit: MKN

Thaipusam Pre-Celebration sales or business activities are not allowed but online sales are encouraged.

Credit: MKN

It’s reported that for the first time, the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Batu Caves Temple Silver chariot parade will only involve 10 participants and is not open to the public following the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In previous years, this procession is usually participated by hundreds of thousands of devotees and takes around 16 hours to complete, but for this year, it’s cut down to only three hours without stopping at any location.

The 10 people who participated in the 7.3 meter high car parade consisted of drivers, cable wire guards, wagon light guards, temple monks and 5 temple committee members.

Thaipusam as a public holiday

After the recent Thaipusam fiasco in Kedah regarding cancelation of the holiday, the state’s Chief Minister Muhammad Sanusi bin Md Nor mentioned that the decision is up to the specific state to decide as it’s not gazetted as a Federal Public Holiday.

Credit: Prime Minister’s Office

We searched the net to find out whether the statement is true and it turns out, it is.

Thaipusam holidays are given out based on the state and only the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and states such as Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Selangor recognise it as a public holiday.

Credit: Prime Minister’s Office

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