Don’t let pandemic dampen Merdeka spirit

Suwadi (front fourth from left) with the convoy participants flying the Jalur Gemilang upon their arrival at Miri Seahorse Waterfront on Satueday (Aug 28).

MIRI: The current situation should not dampen Malaysians from celebrating National Day, said state Information Department (JaPen) director Suwadi Guliling.

He said although the strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) are to prevent the spread of Covid -19, Malaysians can embrace other initiatives to enliven the celebration.

Suwadi said a hybrid of physical and virtual events have been held during the month of August to mark the country’s 64th National Day.

He said this today (Aug 28) after flagging-off a convoy at Miri Seahorse Waterfront.

The convoy, comprising 30 participants from the state JaPen, have been travelling throughout the state covering a distance of more than 800km before they arrived in Miri on Saturday.

“Prior to Miri city, the convoy travelled from Kuching to Sri Aman, Sibu, Mukah, Dalat, Oya, Batu Niah, and today, Miri to spread the spirit of patriotism within community,” he said.

Miri is the last stop for the convoy made making pit stops at three locations namely The Grand Old Lady, a vaccination centre in Eastwood Valley and Miri Falak Centre in Luak Esplanade to distribute the Jalur Gemilang.

“No doubt, that the pandemic has affected our lives and amidst our efforts of battling Covid-19, we must not forget to show our deepest appreciation to our forefathers’ struggles in fighting for the country’s independence,” he said.

Suwadi (centre) performing the flag-off at Miri Seahorse Waterfront on Saturday (Aug 28).