Non-Muslims can now hold marriage ceremonies at the National Registration Department (NRD), places of worship, and non-Muslims religious association premises in areas under the Movement Control Order, Conditional MCO and Recovery MCO starting today.
In a statement, the NRD said the decision was made by the government to allow non-Muslims marriage ceremonies that were delayed during the MCO 2.0, Bernama reported.
“This decision was made at the Minister of Defence Technical Committee meeting No 9, chaired by Ismail Sabri Yaakob. However, marriage ceremonies in areas placed under enhanced MCO are still not allowed,” it said.
The updated standard operating procedures (SOP) for non-Muslim marriage ceremonies by NRB states that marriage registrations at the NRD are not allowed to have more than 10 people, including the marriage registrar.
For marriage ceremonies at places of worship and religious association premises, the number of guests is capped at 10 in MCO areas, 20 people in CMCO areas and a maximum of 30 in RMCO areas.
“However, the SOPs are subject to the size of the premises,” the statement said.
Social events are also not allowed during marriage registrations while gatherings at non-Muslim places of worship and religious association premises are subject to the National Security Council (MKN) instructions.