The climate of the Chinese New Year celebration is the traditional Chap Goh Mei , when people would gather at homes and eateries to celebrate the auspicious occasion.
St. John Ambulance Sarawak and those in all parts of the country together with all other NGOs must continue to celebrate this event responsibly and sensibly by doing it quietly until such time when the invincible deadly enemy is defeated by social distancing, wearing masks and practising personal hygiene by washing hands and the virus vaccine being made available to all eventually.
The new variants discovered in UK and Arica, more contagious and more deadly, are certainly not making things easy for all.
In Srawak the Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian has expressed concern that this event would lead to a surge in Covid-19 cases, as he has also noted in the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb 12.
Let’s all take note of frontliner Dr Sim’s advice to have a quiet celebration to prevent the surge!
The sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in the last few days has reminded us of the warning given by Sarawak director of health Dr Chin Zin Hing: “Who should be given the last bed!”
If everyone were to adhere to the SOP of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee and guidelines of the Ministry of Health, the health system would not be overwhelmed. The doctors and nurses would not be overwhelmed as well. We are now at war with the deadly virus!
Let us all continue to do our patriotic duty so that the good work of SDMC chairman Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, Dr Sim and Dr Chin to keep us safe will not be ruined.
We will win the war if we are all united at this most trying and challenging time.
Meanwhile we all must make some personal sacrifices now so that we could have a near normal life in the future.