Death in the time of coronavirus

The Malaysian Insight

A worker prepares to repair and clean tombs at a cemetery in Penang ahead of the annual Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day), on March 23. – AFP pic, March 30, 2020.

SAM’S mother died in Taiping, Perak yesterday but he did not attend the funeral, even though he was just an hour’s drive away, because of the movement control order (MCO).

The retiree stays in Ipoh and when he learnt of his mum’s death, he sought permission from the police to travel but was told he needed to provide the death certificate and his birth certificate to prove he was the son.

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  • This trying time gives everyone the opportunity to reflect and understand the meaning of those traditional practices and rituals.

    Posted 4 months ago by Tanahair Ku

  • Not allowing someone to attend his mother's funeral without the ''necessary''documents is inhumane. Surely no one is going to lie saying his father/mother died? Not everyone has copies of birth certificate available in an instant.

    Posted 4 months ago by Lipdah Lia