KUCHING: The Kuching District Information Department (JaPen) yesterday educated over 30 roadside traders during its Merdeka ‘Info on Wheels’ (IOW) Programme held at Taman Malihah.
The programme, which began at 8am, included activities such as a public announcement on phase two implementation of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), Let’s Register for Your Vaccination campaign and Merdeka public announcements in the surrounding areas as well as the distribution of JaPen publications.
In addition, as part of the National Month Celebration, JaPen Kuching also gave away free Jalur Gemilang (national flags) to traders and encouraged them to hang the flags at their business premises as a symbol of love for the country.
According to one of the traders, Sopia Poli, 47, Malaysians who love their nation should hang the Jalur Gemilang as a symbol of support and to rekindle the spirit of Malaysians who cherish the country’s peace and unity that has existed since independence during the National Month Celebration.
“I applaud all of the nation’s past and present leaders and fighters for fighting for the peace we now enjoy.
“Hopefully, we can maintain this peace and consistently practice the spirit of unity among various races and cultures,” she said.
Meanwhile, Nurul Fatimah Abdul Rahman, 53, also shared her experiences of receiving the first and second vaccine doses at the Normah Medical Centre recently.
She stated the spirit of independence that she had was manifested through her support for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).
“As Malaysians, we must support our vaccination programme as a means to show that we accept and support our leaders through their continuous efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Independence is demonstrated not only by waving the Jalur Gemilang but also by supporting the policies of the present government. Our steady support proves that we respect the independence that we have had for so long,” she said.
The IOW Merdeka programme is organised continuously in all 33 districts in Sarawak through JaPen in each district.