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Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner Questions Answered!

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

People are still very confused about what’s allowed and not allowed for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

Fortunately, MKN just released the answers to the top 5 questions people are asking!

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : U-Turn After Correction

This year’s announcement on the Chinese New Year reunion dinner SOP was a masterpiece in incompetence.

The original Chinese New Year SOP was widely ridiculed, then corrected before being reversed – all in a matter of days.

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Even the recent announcement, which we summarised above, was so vague, many people had questions.

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally released their answers to our top questions about the Chinese New Year reunion dinner :

Question #1 : Are family reunion dinners allowed?

Yes. Family reunion dinners are ALLOWED for not more than 15 close family members living within a radius of 10 km, without crossing district or state lines.

Question #2 : When are family reunion dinners allowed?

Only on Thursday, 11 February 2021.

Question #3 : If I live within 10 km but in a neighbouring district, can I still attend the family reunion dinner?

No, you are NOT allowed to cross district or state lines.

Question #4 : How many people are allowed to travel to the family reunion dinner in the same car on 11 February 2021?

According to the latest MCO SOP (updated on 4 February 2021), only TWO (2) persons may travel in the same car.

Question #5 : How do you define close family members?

Close family members allowed at the family reunion dinners :

  • husband and wife
  • parents
  • children
  • brothers and sisters

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : More Changes Expected

This is yet another clarification that brooks more questions than it answers.

Why Two Persons Per Car?

What’s the point of restricting families to only two persons per car?

How does that help prevent the spread of COVID-19? After all, they are from the same family!

All this rule does is force families to drive multiple vehicles to attend the dinner.

Why Forbid Inter-District Travel?

The 10 km limit should be sufficient to restrict travel, even though this really isn’t even enforceable.

Forbidding inter-district travel for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner does not help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Infected people spread COVID-19 – it doesn’t matter if they travel across districts, or within the district.

Either the government bans the reunion dinner completely, or allow it with inter-district travel. It really doesn’t make any difference.

Close Family Definition Too Vague

The close family definition is still too vague. MKN should have just made it simple and clear by just saying no friends allowed.

Right now, a strict reading of the FAQ means that brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces are not allowed.

We foresee them “clarifying” the definition later, to something simpler and yet more clear-cut like parents, brothers and sisters of the family, including their children.

 

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Chinese New Year U-Turn Invites More Questions!

Malaysia just reversed their Chinese New Year restrictions for the MCO lockdown.

Find out what’s changed, and why this new CNY SOP just invites more questions!

 

Malaysia Reverses Chinese New Year Restrictions!

After their original Chinese New Year restrictions were ridiculed, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) corrected and then reversed their decision today.

Here is a summary of what’s NOW allowed for Chinese New Year in Malaysia :

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Religious Activities

  • Allowed on three days only11, 12 and 19 February 2021.
  • Up to 30 people may be present at any one time.
  • They must all wear face masks, and physically distance.
  • Every prayer session can last up to 30 minutes, and must be followed by sanitation for 30 minutes, before the next prayer session.
  • Prayers can last from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Home prayers on the night of 19 February 2021 are allowed for the Hokkien Clan (Pai Ti Kong).

 

Third Chinese New Year SOP : More Questions!

This is the third MCO SOP for Chinese New Year 2021, and may not be the last.

For some reason, the government neglected Chap Goh Meh – the last day of Chinese New Year, which is also a significant date.

If they want to ban Chap Goh Meh celebrations, please state so, and say it clearly.

But even more critically, they did not clarify whether the inter-district or interstate travel restrictions include the Klang Valley.

After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, even if they cross district and state lines.

For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway. Will crossing the state and district lines between these adjoining areas be allowed?

Finally, there’s no mention of whether more than two people are allowed to travel in the same car for the reunion dinner, which 15 people can now attend.

So we expect the government to “further clarify” their Chinese New Year SOP going forward…

Note : MKN just clarified their SOP on Chinese New Year reunion dinners!

 

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Malaysia “Corrects” SOP For Chinese New Year!

Malaysia just issued a “corrected” SOP for Chinese New Year, replacing the original version which was roundly mocked by netizens.

Take a look at this newly “corrected” SOP for Chinese New Year 2021!

MKN just reversed their decision! Please see Malaysia Reverses Chinese New Year Restrictions!

 

Chinese New Year SOP : First Version Was A Joke!

When the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the Chinese New Year SOP for 2021, it was roundly mocked by netizens for its absurd rules.

For example, it told family members of the same household to visit each other! This meme shows just how absurd the suggestion was.

 

Malaysia “Corrects” SOP For Chinese New Year!

Just one day later, MKN issued a new, “corrected” SOP for Chinese New Year!

  • The SOP now applies for the three days – 11, 12 and 19* February 2021.
  • The family is now asked to celebrate at home, instead of visiting each other in the same house.
  • The family reunion dinner is only allowed for family members residing in the same house.
  • The arbitrary limit of 20 people in the same house, was removed.
  • The ridiculous requirement to physically distance in the household was removed.
  • The absurd prohibition for family members to greet or touch each other was removed.
  • No one is allowed to go to temples and houses of worship.
  • Lion / dragon dance is forbidden.
  • Tanglung and Chingay parades are forbidden.
  • Chinese opera and stage shows are forbidden.
  • Pre-celebration sales are only allowed in selected premises. Online purchase is encouraged.

* 19th February is when Pai Ti Kong (Bai Tian Gong) is celebrated by the Hokkien people.

This strict stay-at-home Chinese New Year SOP will mean that all Chinese families will have to celebrate by themselves, without an actual reunion dinner.

The government should really KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) by banning gatherings and visitations for all 16 days of Chinese New Year – from the eve to Chap Goh Meh.

By only highlighting those 3 days, it opens up the possibility of people misinterpreting the SOP to mean that it’s okay to have reunion dinners or visitations on the other days of Chinese New Year.

Please stay safe, everyone, so that we can celebrate Chinese New Year with our family and friends next year!

 

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Chinese New Year SOP For MCO Lacks Common Sense

The Malaysia National Security Council just announced the MCO SOP for Chinese New Year, and it lacks common sense, or an understanding of Chinese culture.

Take a look at their Chinese New Year SOP, and see for yourself why it really doesn’t make much sense…

 

Chinese New Year : SOP For MCO Areas

Here is the SOP that was just released for the celebration of Chinese New Year in MCO areas – basically all of Malaysia, except Sarawak.

  • The SOP applies for the first two days of Chinese New Year – 12 and 13 February 2021
  • Not more than 20 people are allowed in the house, with physical distancing
  • The family reunion dinner is only allowed for family members residing in the same house.
  • Visitation is only allowed for family members residing in the same house.
  • No one is allowed to greet or touch each other.
  • No one is allowed to go to temples and houses of worship.
  • Lion / dragon dance is forbidden.
  • Tanglung and Chingay parades are forbidden.
  • Chinese opera and stage shows are forbidden.
  • Open houses are forbidden.

Note : This SOP has just been corrected. See Malaysia “Corrects” SOP For Chinese New Year!

 

Chinese New Year SOP For MCO Lacks Common Sense

Now, let us share with you why the Chinese New Year SOP lacks common sense, or an understanding of Chinese culture.

Reason #1 : Chinese New Year Lasts 15 Days

Chinese New Year actually lasts 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. But in reality, it lasts 16 days, because it actually kicks off on the eve.

But the point is that if the SOP only covers the first two days, then it cannot apply to the Tanglung (Lantern) Festival, which takes place on the last day (15th day) of Chinese New Year!

Neither would the SOP apply to the Chingay Parade, which happens on the 21st day of the Lunar New Year in Johor Bahru, 12 December 2021 in Penang island and 19 December 2021 in Prai, Penang.

Reason #2 : Family Reunion Dinner Is On CNY Eve!

The family reunion dinner happens not on the first or second day of Chinese New Year, but on its eve – the night before!

Technically, Malaysians will not be flouting the SOP if they gather on the eve (11 February 2021) for their family reunion dinner.

Also, it is only a reunion dinner if extended family members attend. Otherwise, it’s just a regular family dinner.

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Reason #3 : Chinese New Year Eve Is A Cultural Event

Chinese New Year is a cultural event, not a religious event. It is celebrated by Chinese people of ALL religions, or none at all.

There is no requirement to attend church, visit a temple, or go to a mosque, on Chinese New Year.

So the SOP on religious gatherings or visits is really irrelevant, and shows their lack of understanding.

Reason #4 : Visitation In The Same Home Is Nonsensical

It is nonsensical to tell people living in the same house to visit each other. This probably only happens in Among Us.

Reason #5 : Capacity Limit In The Same House Is Nonsensical

It is also nonsensical to put an arbitrary limit of 20 people, when the SOP insists that they must all be living in the same house!

If they are all living in the same house, why does it matter if there are 5, 20, or 100 people?

Anyone sick with COVID-19 would have infected other members of the family, long before Chinese New Year!

Reason #6 : No Greeting Or Touching Family Members Is Nonsensical

It is nonsensical to insist that family members cannot greet or touch each other, when they are all LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSE!

How is that going to help prevent COVID-19 spread within the same house???

Does the government also expect husband and wife to sleep separately during the first two days of Chinese New Year?

Reason #7 : Physical Distancing In The Same House Is Nonsensical

This should have been obvious to our government officials – physical distancing in the same house is as asinine as physical distancing in a car.

Those living in the same house have already been in close contact for more than a year. How does it help to separate everyone by 1-2 metres for just two days during Chinese New Year?

 

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Fact Check : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations!

Is the PDRM alert about a major operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations genuine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts are!

 

Claim : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations

This warning went out on social media today, warning about a major PDRM operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

Here is the original warning in Bahasa Malaysia, followed by our English translation below :

“PDRM ALERT”

*Operasi Besar-besaran Sempena Sambutan Ambang Tahun Baru 2021
Seluruh Negara

Tarikh: 31.12.2020
Masa: Jam 10 malam hingga jam 2 pagi
Lokasi: Seluruh Negara

Operasi ini melibatkan semua unit Ibu Pejabat Polis Negeri dan Daerah termasuk Balai-Balai Luar, antaranya seperti berikut:-
Semua Unit Kereta Peronda (MPV)
Semua Pegawai dan Anggota Trafik
Unit Rondaan Bermotosikal (URB)
Team serbuan dan tangkapan Cawangan Jenayah
Team serbuan dan Tangkapan Cawangan Narkotik
Risikan Maklumat Cawangan Khas (SB)
Team Pemantauan dan Kompoun COVID 19

AMARAN
Tidak dibenarkan sebarang Sambutan dan konvoi kenderaan.
Tidak dibenarkan sebarang perhimpunan dan pembakaran bunga api.
KECUALI yang mendapat kebenaran bertulis dari pihak PDRM setelah tapisan syarat yang ketat dikeluarkan.
Akta 342 Kawalan Penyakit-berjangkit masih berkuatkuasa.
Tumpuan dan tindakan utama operasi mencegah aktiviti Bermotosikal dan lumba haram.
Tangkapan dan pendakwaan akan dikenakan terhadap semua pelanggaran undang-undang seperti di atas.

#SayangKeluargaAnda
#SayangiRm1000
#KitaJagaKita

“PDRM ALERT”

* Massive Operation in Conjunction with the New Year Eve Celebration 2021 Across The Country

Date: 31.12.2020
Time: 10 PM to 2 AM
Location: Nationwide

This operation involves all units at the State and District Police Headquarters including External Stations, including : –
All Patrol Car Units (MPV)
All Traffic Officers and Members
Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB)
Raiding and arrest teams of the Criminal Branch
Raiding and arrest teams of the Narcotics Branch
Special Branch (SB) Intelligence
COVID-19 Monitoring and Compound Team

WARNING
No any Celebrations and convoys of vehicles are allowed.
No fireworks assembly and burning are not allowed, EXCEPT with written permission from the PDRM after a strict condition screening is issued.
Act 342 Control of Infectious Disease is still in force.
The main focus and action of operations is to prevent motorcycle and illegal racing activities.
Arrests and prosecutions will be imposed on all violations of the law as above.

 

PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations : Possibly True

We attempted to verify the warning with PDRM, but they have not replied as of 9 PM.

Therefore, we are unable to confirm if there is actually a massive operation planned. However, we believe it is “possibly true” to some extent, because…

Fact #1 : PDRM Warned About Increase Inspection + Monitoring

On 28 December 2020, PDRM issued a statement regarding the year-end holidays and the 2021 New Year celebrations.

It acknowledge that people will be travelling and visiting each other, and this would likely lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

They reminded everyone to follow the SOP strictly, and warned that PDRM will increase their inspection and monitoring to ensure that the SOP is followed.

Fact #2 : New Year Eve Celebrations Are NOT Allowed

On 28 December 2020, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Malaysian government will NOT allow mass gatherings for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

As a result, firework displays at the top New Year celebration spots like The Curve  and IPC Shopping Centre in Mutiara Damansara, Dataran Merdeka in downtown KL, and Resort World Genting in Genting Highlands, have been cancelled.

Fact #3 : PDRM Declined To Issue Any Permit For 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations

According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, PDRM received requests for firework displays for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

However, he said that PDRM decline to issue any permit for any 2021 New Year Eve celebration, including firework displays.

He also pointed out that this is in line with the 28 December 2020 announcement (Fact #2) that no mass gathering is permitted.

 

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