Dr Sim: Celebrate CNY responsibly

Dr Sim (second left) together with Wee (left) and Hilmi (right) giving the iconic Cat Statue the thumbs up, after it was dressed in Chinese traditional costume.

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KUCHING, Jan 30: Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has reminded the public to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year festival responsibly.

According to Dr Sim, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has also recently announced that only immediate relatives visit (less than 20 persons at one time) on the first day of Chinese New Year is allowed.

“Let’s celebrate this Chinese New Year under the new norm by strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) laid by the SDMC.

“Always wear face mask, avoid crowded area, constantly wash hands with soap or sanitiser, avoid big gatherings, and always practise social distancing,” he said in a press statement today.

Dr Sim said, as there is a surge of Covid-19 in Sarawak, SDMC had also announced that no public gathering or celebration is allowed.

“Please love your family and keep them safe from Covid-19. Play your part as a responsible person and fight Covid together. Together we care,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim, together with Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Dato Wee Hong Seng and his deputy Hilmy Othman, dressed up the white cat statue in Chinese traditional costume in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration month.

The Kuching City Cat Statue iconic monument wears different costumes on different occasions every year such as Chinese New Year, Hari Gawai Dayak, Hari Deepavali and Hari Christmas.

It is one of the significant and meaningful events as it symbolizes the Kuching City’s multicultural population. — DayakDaily