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MKN Announces SOPs For CNY, Receives Backlash From Malaysians

MKN Announces SOPs For CNY, Receives Backlash From Malaysians

The National Unity Ministry wants to talk to MKN and rectify the issue.

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With Chinese New Year being just around the corner, the government has announced the SOPs for those who celebrate the holiday which lands on 12 February.

Restrictions will be imposed for this year’s Lunar New Year, said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri as Malaysia is still battling with Covid-19.

Below are the list of activities announced by the Minister:

  1. CNY celebrations can only be celebrated with people within the same house
  2. CNY dinners can only be done with people within the same house.
  3. Prayer ceremonies at temples are not allowed – only limited to 5 committee members of that particular temple.
  4. Any cultural events and performances such as the lion dances, operas, are not allowed.
  5. People are not allowed to visit their neighbours.
  6. Interstate and inter-district travel is not allowed – except for Sarawak and it’s up the state government to decide.

How did the people react?

In short, not too well.

National Unity Deputy Minister and MCA Deputy President Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker was quick to post his reaction on Facebook about the news, saying that the SOPs could be better.

Someone has made a mistake here . This SOP must be quickly withdrawn and rectified! 🤔

National Unity Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker via Facebook

Meanwhile, Segamat Member of Parliament (MP) Hannah Yeoh was critical of the announcement, saying that the government are inconsistent in their SOPs.

Even comedian Dr Jason Leong chimed in on the subject and offered a solution to the CNY conundrum.

National Unity Ministry to the rescue

After the SOP backlash, it’s reported that the National Unity Ministry will put forward criticisms from the Chinese community to the National Security Council (MKN).

The Ministry said it had received views and appeals with regards to the issue of reunion dinner and allowing the community to be present at temples for prayers.

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