Negri govt disappointed with company’s exorbitant fee for last rites of non-Muslim Covid-19 bodies

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The Negri Sembilan government is disappointed with a certain company which is allegedly charging a high fee to manage the non-Muslim remains of those who died from Covid-19.

Muhd Asyraf Sawal/NST

Negri Sembilan Human Resources, Farming and Non-Muslim Affairs Committee chairman J Arul Kumar said the fee had burdened the next-of-kin of these people who died.

He was told that payments at cremation centres were among the fees that were exorbitant.

“The reasons given by the company, that it needed to bear additional costs for personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectants, are unreasonable.

“The funeral for the deceased is not done according to the usual religious ceremonies, which takes time and involves high costs,” said Arul Kumar, when referring to the fact that Covid-19 patients who die need to buried immediately.

Some religions require their dead to be kept for a period of time before burial, either through rites such as laying in wake and others. Such rites allow time for family and friends to pay their respects to the dead prior to burial.

Arul Kumar urged the company to think about the hardships experience by the next-of-kin, who may be struggling during these hard times.

“I hope the company can be considerate by charging reasonably, to not make it more difficult for the families,” he said in a statement today.

He said he would look at methods to ease the burden of the families by acquiring PPEs and disinfectant supplies.

He also proposed for more companies to be given the opportunity to manage the last rites of non-Muslims who died from Covid-19.

“This will provide options for the families to choose the funeral services based on their respective financial capabilities,” said Arul Kumar. – NST