PETALING JAYA: Three churches in the Klang Valley have suspended services for at least two weeks because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Full Gospel Assembly (FGA), in Kuala Lumpur, and Glad Tidings and SIBKL, in Petaling Jaya, announced this today following the health ministry’s advice yesterday to avoid mass gatherings in view of the virus.
Catholic Archbishop John Wong of Kota Kinabalu also announced a suspension of all masses and gatherings in the archdiocese from tomorrow to April 1.
FGA elder Liew Hoi Foo said services will be suspended until the end of March, and pre-recorded services will be uploaded online.
He said weekly “Life Group” meetings among church members have also been suspended until the end of the month.
“We understand that this is a trying time but we believe that the wisest and most responsible action at this time is to suspend all services and meetings held in FGA’s premises as well as at all Life Group venues for the rest of this month.
“This decision will be revisited and updated accordingly as we monitor the situation closely,” he said in a statement.
In a separate statement, Glad Tidings pastor Vincent Leoh said the church will be live streaming its services online for this weekend and the next, adding that this measure was only temporary.
SIBKL said its services will be suspended until the end of March and that it will also provide online streaming.
“As a leadership team, we are very aware of what is happening. We want to be proactive and show how we can be socially responsible and respond in faith, as a whole church,” senior pastor Chew Weng Chee said in a statement.
In Kota Kinabalu, Archbishop Wong said all masses and gatherings in the archdiocese have been suspended following advice received from health officials.
The decision follows that of all the three archbishops in Peninsular Malaysia to call off masses and gatherings for the time being.
Besides the archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, there are two other Catholic dioceses in Sabah – Keningau and Sandakan.
Earlier today, Perlis cancelled Friday prayers in mosques across the state according to a decree by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.