SOP for Deepavali celebration to be announced this week

Kuala Lumpur – Standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Deepavali celebration on Nov 14 are expected to be announced this week.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the first draft of the SOP was tabled at the National Security Council (NSC) by National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique last Friday.

“However, the NSC is working to improve the SOP, with some input from the Health Ministry.

“I believe it will be announced within a day or two, since the religious festival is getting closer,” he told a daily press conference today

He said the NSC needs more time to look into the proposed SOP since several areas in the country have been placed under different movement control orders.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has formulated SOP for several religious celebrations, including Hari Raya. – NST

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