Danald (centre), Sim (second left), Richard (second right) in a group photo call after the unveiling ceremony at St Thomas Cathedral on Saturday.

KUCHING: Frontliners have been given due recognition in appreciation of the excellent work and sacrifices rendered in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

A ‘Thank you’ banner was unveiled by the St Thomas Anglican Church yesterday, in showing their appreciation for the federal and state governments as well as the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and all frontliners.

Bishop of the Anglican Church in Sarawak and Brunei Right Reverend Datuk Danald Jute who spoke at the event, in his speech said the Anglican Church acknowledged the hardships faced by all frontliners in carrying out their duties throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“It isn’t easy. Our highest regards and appreciation must go to the frontliners, not just the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, but also the others who are risking their lives throughout the crisis.

“Our appreciation goes to general workers, law enforcement personnel, members of local councils and all members of the public.

“At some point we stayed alongside one another taking turns as frontliners, meaning all are frontliners,” he said.

In retrospect, he assured that the religious community have been working closely and taking advice from the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor).

He noted that the nation had been doing very well against Covid-19 with all credits due to the people.

“As an Anglican community, we want to be part of all that. We want to take care of not just ourselves, but one another knowing that this is the only way we can overcome this pandemic.

“As a community, we want to say well done to the federal and state governments. Thank you for taking care of us, the citizens of this state and this nation.

“This is a testimony of us standing alongside in solidarity with one another for the good of our state and our people,” he told.

Also present were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Unifor director Richard Lon, and St Thomas Cathedral dean Rev Kho Thong Meng.

Sim commended the initiative taken by the church saying, “It is a show of love and the spirit of solidarity in Sarawak.

“It is indeed only because of everyone’s help that we together have managed to flatten the curve of Covid-19.”

He then reminded the people not to be complacent and to abide by all standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government.

“Now with the reopening of many business sectors, everyone is a frontliner.

“I keep on saying that the same virus that we saw in December is still the same virus today and it is still around.

“We need every frontliner and every Sarawakian to play his or her roles,” he added