Churches to remain closed until end of CMCO

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KUCHING: Anglican churches in Sarawak and Brunei will not be opened for worship gatherings until the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is lifted.

Bishop of the Anglican Church in Sarawak and Brunei, Right Reverend Datuk Danald Jute said while he was delighted to see that the number of new Covid-19 infections had declined over the past weeks, it is clear that the country was not out of the woods yet.

“In other words, the standard operating procedure (SOP) pertaining to us is quite irrelevant as we will not reopen our churches for worship during the CMCO period,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

According to Bernama, the Ministry of National Unity (KPN) Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the SOP regarding the opening of houses of worship of non-Muslims during the CMCO period will be finalised by today.

KPN added that another follow-up meeting with various religious groups was scheduled for today and the list of houses of worship in the green zones that will be allowed to reopen and the related SOPs will be submitted to the KPN tomorrow.

As such, Danald thought that the government must not go for any populist approach. If it is still unsafe to meet and gather in big groups, it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that it does not happen.

“Together, we have sacrificed much and achieved much thus far. We must not fail ourselves just outside the point of success,” he said.