SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government is allowing 10 next-of-kin to enter the cemetery at the designated waiting zone for the process of burying the remains of an individual Covid-19 victims in Muslim cemeteries in states under Phase One of the national recovery plan.
However, they have to be supervised by the local authorities and mosque parishes
The Selangor exco for Islamic religious affairs, consumer affairs and halal industry Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said that for group burial of Covid-19 remains, only two next of kin for each victim are allowed to enter the cemetery and be in the waiting zone,
According to Zawawi, for Covid-19 parish funerals supervised by the mosque, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department has designated several centralised cemeteries and the burial process will be carried out by gravediggers or certified volunteers from Islamic societies.
“For burials in cemeteries under local authorities, it will be implemented in accordance with the standard operating procedures of the health ministry,” he said in a post on Facebook today.
Zawawi said a total of 20 next of kin and five members of the mosque committee are allowed to attend the burial of non-Covid remains as well as for talkin and tahlil recitation after the body is buried at the cemetery, supervised by the mosque.
“As for visit to the graves of family members or relatives, not more than five next of kin are allowed at a time and the visit is limited to 30 minutes only,” he said.
According to Zawawi, for the burial of ordinary deaths in a cemetery supervised by the local authority, only 10 next of kin are allowed and they can bring the imam and his assistant for talkin and tahlil recitation.
“Only two next of kin are allowed to visit the graves of family or relatives at a time and it is limited to 20 minutes only at such cemeteries,” he said.
The visitors to the cemetery must have been fully vaccinated and visiting is allowed only during permitted hours
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