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Christmas themed decorations pictured at a mall in Kuala Lumpur on December 21,2020, for the upcoming holiday season in a few days. Malaysian Christians will be celebrating the Christmas holiday this December 25 whilst also adapting and adhering to the new norm amidst the pandemic currently infecting the country. — Picture by BERNAMA

Christmas celebration in the Federal Territory allowed

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — Activities at non-Muslim houses of worship  in the Federal Territory in conjunction with the Christmas celebration are allowed based  on the attendance limit set by the National Security Council (NSC) , Health Ministry and the Federal Territories Ministry.

 Kuala Lumpur  Department of National Unity and Integration,  in a statement, said the permission is in line with the standard operating procedures (SOP) and protocols on the Christmas celebration issued by NSC for the period during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) and the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Attendance for prayers is allowed up to a third of the capacity of the houses of worship or not more than 30 people per session, it said.

Last Friday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that open houses and carrolling in conjunction with the Christmas celebrations are not allowed throughout the country.

However, those celebrating the occasion are  allowed to perform prayer ceremonies on December 24 and 25 in the areas under the RMCO and CMCO.

These are among the SOP for the festival which also stipulates that visiting each other’s houses is only allowed on the first day (December 25) in areas where the RMCO and CMCO are being enforced.

 

— Bernama

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