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No visiting during Chinese New Year, reunion dinner among those in same household only: Putrajaya

KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese New Year celebrations are solely allowed among relations from the same household this 12 months, stated Malaysian Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob. 

“Family reunion dinners are allowed at their residences only among family members from the same household,” he stated in a press briefing on Thursday (Feb 4). 

“House visits are not allowed, as are cross-district and interstate activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year,” he added. 

Mr Ismail Sabri, who can also be defence minister, stated the usual working procedures (SOPs) for the competition have been drawn up after reviewing varied facets and the recommendation of the well being ministry. 

All states in Malaysia besides Sarawak are at the moment positioned underneath the motion management order (MCO) till Feb 18 to rein in the unfold of COVID-19, as complete circumstances surpassed 230,000. 

The minister added that cultural actions and performances equivalent to lion and dragon dances, lantern and chingay parades in addition to Chinese opera performances are additionally prohibited. 


Temple prayers are solely restricted to 5 members from the temple’s administration committee. 

“The Chinese community is encouraged to perform prayers at home,” Mr Ismail Sabri stated. 

READ: Reciprocate government’s gesture of not shutting down economy by complying with SOPs, urges Malaysian PM Muhyiddin

He added that the federal authorities would let the Sarawak state authorities resolve on its Chinese New Year celebration coverage. 

At the same briefing, Mr Ismail Sabri additionally stated that three enterprise actions – evening markets (pasar malam), hair salons and automotive wash companies – can be allowed to function from Friday onwards, with strict SOPs.

These would come with 1m distancing between every stall, in addition to separate entries and exits. 

Salons might function for hair-cutting solely, he added. Other magnificence procedures are nonetheless barred.


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