CNY celebration only with family members in same house

File photo: Chinese customers have seen choosing lanterns and other Chinese New Year related decorative items at a popular shop in Padungan. Although a strict Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) was being enforced during this coming Chinese Lunar New Year, they still need to decorate their houses to welcome the year of the Metal Ox according to the Chinese Zodiac. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese New Year celebrations including prayer ceremonies are only allowed to be held at home with family members, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said prayers at temples were also not allowed, except for five of the temple’s committee members and people were encouraged to perform the ceremony at their respective homes.

“This standard operating procedure (SOP) was complied with during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, as well as Deepavali.

However, for Sarawak we leave it to the state government to decide because there is the movement control order (MCO), there is the conditional MCO (CMCO),” he told a press conference on the development of the MCO, today (Feb 4).

He said large dining events in conjunction with the festival were also limited to family members living in the same household, besides house-to-house visits, inter-district or interstate travel to visit family members and friends were also not allowed.

In addition, all CNY festival and cultural events such as lion dance, dragon dance, lantern parades and Chinese opera and stage performances, among others will not be allowed as well. – Bernama