Saifuddin (centre) with his wife Datin Norlin Shamsul Bahri (second right), Tuai Rumah Akat (fourth right) attending the Merdeka programme @ community and IOW Merdeka at Rumah Akat Akong, Penasu, in Sibu on Tuesday (September 15).

SIBU: The Malaysia Day celebration this year is in line with the government’s aspirations that all Malaysians work together to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the spirit was shown not just by those people who were at the frontline, but also by people from all walks of life who were the unsung heroes.

“The spirit must be spread to all levels of society, not just in the effort to end the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said at the Merdeka programme @ community and info on wheels (IOW) Merdeka at a longhouse Rumah Akat Akong, Penasu, here on Tuesday (September 15).

According to Saifuddin, the IOW is a programme that goes to the ground with the involvement of the local community.

Saifuddin (second row second right) with his wife Datin Norlin Shamsul Bahri take a photo with children of the longhouse during the Merdeka programme @ community and IOW Merdeka at Rumah Akat Akong, Penasu, in Sibu on Tuesday (September 15).

“The programme aims to give awareness of the people on the National Day celebration and Malaysia Day by instilling the spirit of patriotism and love towards the country starting from the grassroots level,” he said.

Apart from that, he said the programme was also a platform to disseminate the policies, initiatives and achievements of the government.

The government has implemented 460 programmes throughout country from July 16 through to Sept 9 and in Sarawak, 60 programme have been implemented, he added.

Commenting on the programme, Saifuddin said the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia through the Information Department had implemented IOW programme which aims to provide latest the information.

A total of 1,939 IOW programmes have been implemented involving 5,731 locations throughout the country starting from July 16 until Sept10, he said.

For the state of Sarawak, such programmes have been implemented at a total of 382 locations.