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Malaysian Wedding Ceremony Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) by MKN (Malaysia National Security Council) Under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)

Due to rising number of Covid-19 cases, wedding ceremonies and receptions are not allowed to proceed in states under Movement Control Order (MCO).

However, MKN has lifted the MCO status and imposed Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in the country. Both wedding ceremonies and receptions are now allowed to proceed under CMCO and RMCO. There are different SOPs for states under CMCO and RMCO. Kindly refer to our checklist on wedding receptions < Malaysia Wedding SOP by MKN >.

For wedding ceremonies i.e. Registration of Marriage and Solemnisation (Akad Nikah), do adhere to the following SOPs for non-Muslim and Muslim wedding ceremony. Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) has placed the following states under CMCO and RMCO:

STATES UNDER CMCO
Kedah (except Langkawi district), Kelantan, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan and Johor
From 5 to 18 March 2021 onwards < read more >

Sarawak
From 2 to 15 March 2021 onwards < read more >

STATES UNDER RMCO
Perlis, Malacca, Pahang, Terrenganu, Sabah (except Nabawan district), Federal Territory of Putrajaya, Federal Territory of Labuan and Kedah (Langkawi)
From 5 to 18 March 2021 onwards < read more >

Sabah
From 5 March 2021 onwards < read more >

Please refer to this post for states not listed here. < read more >

NON-MUSLIM CEREMONY WEDDING

ALLOWED VENUES:

Sarawak, Kelantan, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan and Johor
1. National Registration Department
2. House of worship or non-Muslim religious association.

Perlis, Malacca, Pahang, Terrenganu, Sabah, Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Federal Territory of Labuan and Sabah
No venue restriction.

EVENT DURATION: Couple and guest to vacant the premise immediately after the ceremony.

CAPACITY:
Sarawak, Kelantan, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan and Johor
1. Maximum of 10 people at the National Registration Department
2. Maximum of 20 people at house of worship or non-Muslim religious association.

Perlis, Malacca, Pahang, Terrenganu, Sabah, Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Federal Territory of Labuan and Sabah
No capacity restriction but with strict adherence to the social distancing of 1 meter.

EVENT PROTOCOLS

General Protocols 

i.  Attendees must undergo health screening such as checking of body temperature and are required to use hand sanitiser. Individuals who have symptoms of fever, cold, cough or have body temperatures above 37.5 degrees Celsius will be refused entry;

ii. Individuals with chronic diseases and the elderly are not encouraged to attend;

iii. All attendees are required to use the MySejahtera application by scanning the QR Code provided or filling in personal information such as name, telephone number, date and time of arrival at the premises in the Guest Attendance Book if there is no internet coverage;

iv. Guests are required to wear face masks while on the premise;

v. Must practice social distancing of at least 1 meter from each other and regularly clean hands;

vi. Perform cleaning and disinfection after each wedding ceremony session; and

vii. To always comply with other instructions and ethics set by the Government of Malaysia.

Event Protocols For Registration Of Marriage By Registrar at NRD

NRD should arrange an organised wedding ceremony schedule by taking the following steps:

i. To space out the time between one ceremony to another;

ii. The couple and witnesses are required to only attend according to the time and date of the wedding ceremony that has been set;

iii. Only a maximum of 10 people (including the Registrar) are allowed to be in the wedding ceremony space at NRD premises;

iv. Ensure that the couple and witnesses involved are to leave the NRD premises immediately upon completion of the marriage registration; and

v. To comply with the other application conditions and existing documents set by the NRD and the Government of Malaysia.

Event Protocols For Registration Of Marriage By Assistant Registrar Of Marriages at House Of Worship 

All Assistant Registrars of Marriage must ensure an organised wedding ceremony schedule by taking the following steps:

i. To space out the time between one ceremony to another;

ii. The couple and witnesses are required to only attend according to the time and date of the wedding ceremony that has been set. Only one ceremony is allowed at a time in the premise;

iii. Only a maximum of 20 people (including the Assistant Registrar of Marriage) are allowed to be in the wedding ceremony premise at the Temple, Church or Religious Association for a wedding ceremony session. This amount is subjected to the size of the wedding ceremony space in the premise and with strict compliance with the social distancing of at least 1 meter between individuals with other individuals;

iv. Ensure that the couple and witnesses involved are to leave the premises immediately upon completion of the marriage registration; and

v. Comply with other application requirements and existing documents set out in the Marriage and Divorce Quality Procedures.

Photography Session
TBC

MUSLIM SOLEMNISATION (AKAD NIKAH)

ALLOWED VENUES:
The State Religious Department (JAIN) shall determine the appropriate place for the ceremony taking into consideration on the number of guests with adherence of social distancing requirements of 1 metre.

EVENT DURATION: Not allowed to exceed 20 minutes

CAPACITY:
Up to 50% of venue capacity with adherence of social distancing requirements of 1 metre. In Sabah, a maximum limit of 20 people based on the event space with adherence of social distancing requirements at Sabah State Religious Office or according to the discretion of Sabah State Religious Authority.

THINGS NOT ALLOWED
1. Patients Under Investigation (PUI) and Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) are not allowed to attend the events.
2. Guests from Red Zone areas are not allowed to attend.

Preparation for Bridal Couple
1. To obtain permission from State Religious Department (JAIN)
2. To make appointment.
3. Only dowry (mas kahwin) and relevant documents are allowed.

Event Protocols
1. A health screening counter must be set up at the entrance to ensure that guests’ body temperatures are recorded and that guests clean their hands with hand sanitiser.
2. All guests must register their name, contact number and time of attendance as specified by the event organiser using the MySejahtera application or recorded using an attendance book. < read more >
3. Only those who are not symptomatic, not close contact of positive cases and not from Red Zone areas are allowed to attend. Guests with symptoms of cough, sore throat, cold (flu) and shortness of breath; or with body temperatures above 37.5 degrees Celsius to be refused entry.
4. Guest are required to wear face masks at all times.
5. Shaking hands and hugging are not allowed.

Photography Session
1. Photography session is only allowed during the solemnisation ceremony.
2. Photographers are not included in the 30 invited guests but are subjected to the adherence of the prescribed SOP.

Disclaimer:
1. At the time of writing, the SOPs for non-Muslim wedding ceremony has not been updated. The current information was obtained from MKN’s general SOP for CMCO. View the original document in Bahasa Malaysia.
2. Information for Muslim Solemnisation in this article was translated from the SOP documents on the National Security Council (MKN) website. View the original document in Bahasa Malaysia.
3. Copyright of this article belongs to The Wedding Notebook and cannot be replicated without written permission.
4. This article should not be evidence in a court of law. It is simply an attempt to make understanding of the actual content.

Update as at 10 March 2021

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