“Sarawakians also want Christmas Eve public holiday”

Henry addressing a press conference about a Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) event to be held in Krokong, Bau this coming Saturday (Dec 14, 2019).

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 12: The Christian community here is also hoping to get an additional public holiday on Christmas Eve (Dec 24).

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep said that the community, especially Christians and those celebrating the holidays, have high hopes for that opportunity.

“But we will let the state government decide on it because it is not that simple. The matter has to be tabled to the State Cabinet for discussion such as whether the Eve (Dec 24) or Boxing Day (Dec 26) are better to benefit the people,” he told reporters during a press conference in Krokong, Bau today.

This suggestion came following the Sabah government declaring Christmas Eve as additional public holiday for the state starting this year.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal made the announcement last night (Dec 11) and hoped the additional public holiday will enable those celebrating Christmas to return home earlier.

“We are positive about it and I think Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) is positive (especially on) things for the people,” Henry added, pointing out the state government’s generosity in pledging RM500 in special assistance for federal civil servants in Sarawak.

Commending the Chief Minister’s people-centric leadership, Henry thus called on the people to continue giving their fullest support to Abang Johari to lead the people and Sarawak towards becoming a developed state in 2030.

“Where can you find this kind of Chief Minister. Correct or not?” he emphasised. — DayakDaily