MBKS’ illuminates White Cat statue for Hari Raya, Gawai Dayak celebrations

Wee (second left) and Dr Sim (third left) symbolically turn on the lights at the White Cat Garden of Kuching to receive the Hari Raya and Hari Gawai festive seasons.

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KUCHING, May 12: The White Cat Garden of Kuching has been brightly lit to receive the Hari Raya Aidilfitri and coming Hari Gawai Dayak celebrations.

Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Weng, Deputy Mayor Hilmy Othman and Councillor Timothy Julius were present during the “light-up” ceremony held at the White Cat Garden of Jalan Padungan.

The White Cat is being dressed up in Gawai traditional costume and the surrounding area has been decorated to receive two of Sarawak’s most prominent festivals – Hari Raya and Hari Gawai.

“The Council has been lighting up this area every year based on every festive season, such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Gawai, Hari Deepavali, and Christmas,” said MBKS in a press statement today.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim took this opportunity to remind the public to celebrate the festival responsibly.

“Please comply and strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) laid out by the State Disaster Management Committee to help us fight Covid-19.

“Wear face masks, wash our hands regularly either with soap or hand sanitiser, avoid crowded areas, avoid any big gathering, be aware of physical distancing, and always keep ourselves and our families safe,” said Dr Sim.

On the same note, Wee urged the public to get used to and adapt themselves to the new norm and the new way of celebrating festivals with family members.

“Protect our families by registering for vaccination. We are hoping for all Sarawakians to get vaccinated as soon as possible in order for us to keep our Sarawak safe from the virus,” said Wee. — DayakDaily