Datuk Seri Stephen Rundi Utom

KUCHING: Malaysians are urged to celebrate Malaysia Day together despite not being able to physically attend the Malaysia Day celebration in Sibu.

The event will take place at the Sibu Indoor Stadium tomorrow (Sept 16).

Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said the event will be organised in a moderate manner and in accordance to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Initially, we plan to host the celebration with a total crowd attendance of 1,000.

“But because of the current surge of new Covid-19 cases, we were advised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to limit the number to 500,” he said when contacted today (Sept 15).

Following that, Rundi, who is also the responsible minister for the Malaysia Day 2020 celebration, expressed his apologies to the people who are not invited to the event.

“We can still enjoy the celebration together. The people can virtually attend the event by watching it via television on TV1 channel by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and live-streaming the event on the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)’s Facebook page,” he said.

He also expressed his appreciation to the federal government for giving Sarawak the honour to host the Malaysia Day celebration for the second consecutive year after it was held in Kuching last year.

With the theme ‘Malaysia Prihatin’, this year’s Malaysia Day is expected to be held from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

There will be stage performances including singing presentations by Sarawak artistes Dayang Nurfaizah and Firdaus Materang, Sabah artiste Adira as well as singer Hael Hussaini from Semenanjung Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Sarawak Governor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal are expected to attend the event.