KUCHING: The best ang pow for Sarawakians this coming Chinese New Year is to stay at home, said Minister Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
Together with Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor, Datuk Wee Hong Seng and councillors, Dr Sim recently lit up Chinese New Year lights at MBKS markets at Jalan Pandungan.
Dr Sim said that the Chinese New Year spirit is here despite the pandemic.
“Despite the trying situation, the spirit is here already because in Sarawak irrespective of religion, race and background, we are together in happiness or sadness.
“Everyone is affected by this pandemic but there is one thing we must remember which is the fighting spirit that we have,” he said.
He also pointed out that the recent new clusters in Sarawak started because of family gatherings, hence he reminded Sarawakians to play their respective roles to prevent any Chinese New Year cluster anywhere.
“Please help by strictly following the policy and standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
“Remember there is no public celebration of Chinese New Year and no open house, no visiting apart from those by immediate family members. Not more than 20 persons are allowed to gather at one time so that we can stay alive to have many more celebrations,” he said.
He added that it is everyone’s responsibility to help fight Covid-19.
“Love your family and keep them safe. Be responsible and let’s fight together.
“Always wear a face mask; avoid crowded areas; constantly wash your hands with soap or sanitisers; avoid big gatherings; practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands,” he said.