SDMC: Only close family members allowed to attend funerals in Sarawak

Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas says only immediate family members are allowed to attend funerals in Sarawak during the MCO and CMCO. — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)
Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas says only immediate family members are allowed to attend funerals in Sarawak during the MCO and CMCO. — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

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KUCHING, Jan 29 ― Only immediate family members are allowed to attend funerals in Sarawak during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO (CMCO) in force in the state.

State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) chairman Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said family members must also inform the district offices and police about the funeral for crowd management.

“The funeral ceremony guidelines can be obtained from the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor),” he said at the daily press conference on Covid-19, here today.

Apart from that, Uggah said all types of social activities and gatherings including weddings, feasts, engagement ceremonies, prayers, tahlil and birthday celebrations were not allowed during MCO and CMCO.

Currently, CMCO is being enforced throughout Sarawak until February 14 while Sibu is now under MCO.

Meanwhile, he said 179 positive cases were detected in Sarawak today, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 4,124, while 36 deaths have been recorded so far.

He also said that JPBN had introduced a police community programme in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, especially in villages and longhouses.

The programme which involved community leaders, tribal chiefs, People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel, army veterans and police retirees, is aimed at raising awareness of the threat posed by Covid-19 as well as improving standard operating procedures compliance, he added.

Meanwhile, JPBN announced the implementation of enhanced MCO in Kampung Sungai Ud and Kampung Sungai Ud Hilir, in Dalat, Mukah from January 27 to February 9 following the rise in positive cases in the district.― Bernama

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