Cr. Henry Kanyan Vincent Rawing


SIBU: Sarawak’s selection as the host of Malaysia Day celebration for two consecutive years has been described as historic by a PRS Youth exco member.

Councillor Henry Kanyan Vincent Rawing like other townsfolk here was ecstatic that Sibu has been chosen to host the event on September 16.

“As a Sarawakian, I am very proud because the state will be hosting the celebration once again after Kuching last year. It is very rare for a state to host the event for two consecutive years and perhaps this is history,” he said yesterday.

The theme for this year is “Malaysia Prihatin” in conjunction with the caring attitude of Malaysians regardless of race and religion in handling the Covid-19 epidemic.

Kanyan who is a Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) councillor thanked the Sarawak and federal governments for giving confidence to Sibu to organise the historic event.

“Indeed, I admit, the opportunity to host is a rare one,” he said.

The celebration is a symbol of unity of the people of various races, ethnicities and religions in this country, he pointed out.

“Besides that, it is a platform to enhance integration at the national level,” said Kanyan who is also chairman of the Batang Oya-Pakoh and Sekuau Area Development Association.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia Day celebrations will be held with strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs). The event will take place in a confined space with the practice of social distancing.