Temple hopes to reopen in time for 4th anniversary


Designated entry and exit points have been set up in accordance with the SOP.

MIRI: The Sri Kamini Thurga Iswari Amman Alayam Temple at Taman Tunku is hoping to reopen next Friday (June 26) in time to celebrate its fourth anniversary.

When contacted yesterday, temple chairwoman Shubashini Krishnan said the temple is ready to reopen as cleaning and sanitisation work started last week.

“We have prepared numerous SOP (standard operating procedures) for the temple and we’ve also purchased masks, sanitiser, and thermometer to be used once the temple reopens,” she said, adding the temple committee has decided that the temple’s weekly prayer will only take place on Fridays throughout the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.

Shubashini said the committee is just waiting for the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) to approve the reopening.

“Hopefully we can open by June 26 because June 28 will be the fourth anniversary of the temple,” she said.

“The temple was first opened on July 9, 2017 and this year its anniversary will be on June 28. The date according to the English calendar is different every year because we follow our Hindu calendar.”

She said there will be a log book or Google form to record details of attendees including their temperature.

“Only 30 people will be allowed to pray at the temple at one time. We can actually accommodate 36 people with one metre social distancing, but for now we will only allow 30.

“Those 70 years old and above and below 15 years old will not be allowed to come for prayers. We actually have 221 members, but some have migrated and moved back to the peninsula. They are all lifetime members who still contributes to the temple,” she added.