MCA boss breaks silence on CNY SOP, calls for patience

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MCA boss breaks silence on CNY SOP, calls for patience
MCA boss breaks silence on CNY SOP, calls for patience

MCA president Wee Ka Siong said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was aware of the concerns and disappointment expressed over Chinese New Year rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"The government has heard your voice," wrote Wee on his Instagram page.

"This concern can be resolved in a safe and SOP-compliant manner. Let us all be patient and allow for the official announcement to be made soon."

The National Security Council courted flak for initially issuing regulations that got the date wrong for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner, insisting that "lantern processions" were banned, and ruling that family members were only allowed to visit each other in the same house.

The rules were changed so that family members could visit each other if they live within 10km.

The NSC amended the dates the next day, but there is still discontent over the fact that night markets, car washes, and malls are still open at a time when family visits are regulated.

Retailers and suppliers have also urged the government to allow them to clear seasonal stock - such as "Ox year" themed clothing - ahead of Chinese New Year, which falls on Friday.

The NSC is expected to announce a second revision of the rules tomorrow.