Deputy Premier: Shared responsibility of every S’wakian to comply with SOPs amidst Gawai celebration

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

KUCHING, May 31: Although this year’s Gawai Dayak will be celebrated on a bigger scale, it is every Sarawakian’s shared responsibility to comply with all Covid-19 directives and standard operating procedures (SOPs) enforced by the government.

In his Gawai Dayak message today, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said with the country transitioning towards the endemic stage, the reopening of economic sectors, and the lifting of movement restrictions, this year’s Gawai Dayak celebration will be livelier than the past two years.

“For those celebrating Gawai, use this opportunity to return to your villages or longhouses to celebrate this festival with family members and relatives in a lively atmosphere. Of course, your parents and relatives will be happy with your return.

“I also hope that through the spirit of this Gawai festival, we will continue to enhance good relations between all races even though we differ in terms of religious beliefs, culture, and background,” he said.

Awang Tengah also briefly touched on the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 plan to revitalise the economy, emphasising economic prosperity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

“Therefore, I call on all of us to play a role in ensuring that PCDS 2030 achieves its goals and that we can achieve the status of a developed and high-income State by 2030.

“May we all always be under God’s protection, in good health, and stay safe throughout the Gawai festival.

“Stay safe and stay healthy. Selamat Hari Gawai, Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.” — DayakDaily