Penguang Manggil

KUCHING: The public are urged to adhere to the ‘no visiting’ policy during the festive season.

Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said while visiting one another during festivities – Hari Raya Aidilftiri and Gawai Dayak – is part of tradition, at this time, health and safety must take precedent.

“I understand that many are disappointed by not being able to see their parents and family members for the upcoming Hari Raya and Gawai celebrations.

“I hope everyone remains patient and remind ourselves that we are doing this in the collective interest of our safety and health.

“This includes our loved ones who are at their respective villages and longhouses,” he wrote in a Facebook posting on Friday.

Penguang who is also Marudi assemblyman said although the recent development on the Covid-19 front in Sarawak has been encouraging, the people could not afford to be complacent.

“We must ensure that our efforts continue so that the chain of infection of the virus is effectively terminated.

“We must also remember that we are in the conditional movement control order (CMCO) phase,” he said.

He stressed that all health measures such as social distancing, washing hands and the use of hand sanitisers should be practised.

“Always use face mask whenever at public places and do not leave your home unless you really have to,” he said.