Limit celebration to family members

Awang Tengah (fourth left) at the presentation of grants to mosques and surau in the Lawas district.

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to celebrate the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri in moderation, limiting it to their immediate family members.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this was for the sake of everyone’s safety as the festival was held during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This year we celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with just our family and there is no open house.

“If you are abroad, do not return to your hometown for the safety of yourself, family and community.

“Hopefully, next year, the situation will be better than now and we will be able to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri together with our family,” he said.

Awang Tengah said this while speaking at the presentation of minor rural project (MRP) grants for Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and clubs in the Lawas district on Saturday (May 8).

At the same ceremony, the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) also presented an allocation of RM13,000 to mosques and RM60,000 to surau in the Lawas district.

Commenting on the presentation of the grants, Awang Tengah, who is also the Bukit Sari assemblyman, said the ceremony was a continuation of the same programme held previously.

He said the programme could not be held concurrently due to the conditional movement control order (CMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Use this allocation wisely during the Covid-19 pandemic for the sake of the community,” he said.