Chinese community urged to follow CNY SOP

Dr Sim (front, second left), Wee (second right) together with MBKS councillors switching on the lights for CNY at the cat statue next to the Padungan roundabout.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Feb 7: Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian reminds the Chinese community to play their role by abiding by standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the upcoming Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration on Feb 12-13.

He stressed that it is important to adhere to the SOPs during the current Covid-19 pandemic to prevent the emergence of a CNY cluster.

Noting that recent Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak were due to family gatherings, Dr Sim hoped that the Chinese community would help the state to fight Covid-19 by following SOPs.

“The best Ang Pow for CNY this Year is “Stay Home”!” he said.

Dr Sim who is also the Batu Kawah assemblyman also urged Sarawakians to wear face masks, avoid crowded areas, frequently wash hands with soap or use sanitizer, avoid big gatherings, practise physical distancing and avoid shaking hands in public areas.

He said it is the responsibility of every citizen to help the state curb Covid-19 and reminded that people must cooperate with each other in order to win the war against Covid-19.

Dr Sim (third right), Wee (second left) and MBKS councillors taking part in switching on the CNY lights at the Kenyalang Market recently.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with the upcoming CNY festival, Dr Sim together with Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng and his councillors lit the lantern lights at MBKS’ markets yesterday.

Dr Sim noted that the spirit of CNY is present in town despite current trying circumstances due to Covid-19.

Hence, he rallied all Sarawakian to be in high fighting spirits and to put up a strong fight against Covid-19.

Dr Sim noted that in Sarawak, the rakyat irrespective of religion, race and background are together whether in happiness or sadness although everyone is affected by the current pandemic. — DayakDaily