No sabong ayam permit for Gawai


BINTULU: Licences for cockfighting will not be issued for the upcoming Gawai Dayak celebration said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I have to apologise for this as I have issued a directive to the State Secretary and the Residents to not issue cockfighting licences.

“We ask that the public be vigilant this coming Gawai. The responsibility (to curb Covid-19) is on yourselves as what we want is to have more Gawai celebrations in years to come.

“If we are infected by Covid-19, it may turn out that this Gawai will be the last and we have no more Gawai (after this),” he said.

He said this to reporters after a briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Bintulu yesterday (May 19).

Abang Johari said to date, Sarawak recorded more than 200 deaths to Covid-19 in 2021 compared to only 19 deaths for the whole of last year.

“If we can cut off its transmission, the virus can be eliminated and will not be able to infect others. That is why it is important for us to have self-discipline and observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“If the directive is stay home, then stay home. We have to protect ourselves and our family. I thank the people for their cooperation as we are able to manage the Covid-19 cases over the recent Hari Raya festive season,” he said.

The chief minister said for Bintulu, the Covid-19 situation in the district was worrying but has been kept under control by the local disaster management committee.

“The reduced cases for today (Wednesday) in Bintulu are due to interventions by the authorities where stringent SOPs were employed,” he said.

At the same time, the chief minister also appealed to community leaders and longhouse heads to enforce the SOPs at their respective areas to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

“Let us be disciplined this coming Gawai and hopefully we will have the opportunity to celebrate Gawai next year when Covid-19 subsides.

“At the moment, we have to sacrifice for the future,” he said.

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