Low-keyed New Year countdown at indoor stadium to usher in 2021

The highlight of Countdown 2018. Filepix.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Dec 18: There will be a countdown to the upcoming New Year but not at the usual place at the Kuching Waterfront.

It will be held at the indoor stadium here to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) to curb the spread of Covid-19, said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He added that the programme will still showcase Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage, especially the state’s arts, and dances of the various communities.

“We will comply with all the SOPs to be held at the Indoor Stadium as well as outside the stadium. We are not going to have it at Kuching Waterfront this year. But at least we get to celebrate New Year 2021 in a moderate way.

“That is something to look forward to after one year of staying in our rooms.

“I think we deserve to have it but then we have to make sure that the organizing committee and the entertainment programmes will comply with the necessary SOP,” Abdul Karim told a press conference at the Sarawak Crafts Council Centre at the Kuching Waterfront here today.

He added that there would be fireworks to usher in the new year. -DayakDaily