No state-level Gawai Dayak this year: Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Apr 18: There will be no state-level Gawai Dayak celebration this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

He said the decision was made by the Sarawak government following the Covid-19 pandemic which has not showed any sign of curving down.

“There will be no state-level Gawai Dayak celebration this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Masing told DayakDaily today.

He said that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had made the decision recently when he also announced that there would be no Ramadan bazaars to be held this year.


Masing, who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president reminded that what was crucial now was for everyone to stand united to fight the Covid-19.

“The whole world must stand united to fight this virus. I am optimistic that mankind will prevail against this coronavirus but it will definitely take sometimes.

“There have been many pandemic outbreaks in the past such as the black death and Spanish flu where millions died, but mankind somehow prevail. That’s why it’s crucial for mankind to be united to fight our common unseen enemy,” he said.

Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development said during the extended Movement Control Order (MCO) said it was crucial for everyone to observe it so that it will flatten the curve of the pandemic. —DayakDaily