Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is currently working on a standard operating procedure (SOP) for congregation in churches and other religious bodies in the state.

Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the mechanism might be different for the Friday prayers which were allowed in mosques and surau beginning next week.

“We are working on it with the Unit for Other Religion (Unifor) and will make known what is our next step for the other religions,” he said when asked on the SOP for churches during a daily Covid-19 press conference at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building here yesterday.

Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) president Datuk Misnu Taha yesterday said the Friday prayers would be allowed starting May 22, but it was only limited to a maximum of 12 worshippers and they must be from the mosque or surau committee members or officials only.

Misnu also said the ‘solat sunat Aidilfitri’ for Hari Raya celebrate would not be allowed.

On International Family Day which was celebrated yesterday (May 15), the Deputy Chief Minister in a short message said it was more crucial now than ever before for all families to keep each other safe.

“We would like to thank grandparents, parents, guardians, sons, daughters and close family friends for protecting one another. Thank you for promoting the awareness of the new normal. We are all family, let’s work together to keep Sarawak safe – Kita Jaga Kita.

“From our families at the SDMC to yours, Happy International Family Day! Stay vigilant, stay safe, stay home, save lives,” added Uggah.