SFCA advises Chinese devotees to observe Qing Ming at home, or follow MCO guidelines

Datuk Richard Wee

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Apr 3: President of the Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations (SFCA) Datuk Richard Wee advises the Chinese community not to celebrate Qing Ming this year in view of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

He said he had written to the Chinese community some time ago, and advised them not to do so this year.

This year’s Qing Ming which is the Chinese community’s equivalent of All Souls Day is tomorrow.

“Due to the implementation of MCO, we would like to advise the Chinese to stay at home and not to go to the cemetery to pay respects to their beloved ones who have passed on.

“For the Chinese who have altars at home, please celebrate at home. If there is no altar and you feel like you really want to pay respects to your beloved ones who had passed on, you can erect an altar at home so that your whole family may continue to do what is needed to be done during Qing Ming.

“But for those who must go to the cemetery to celebrate Qing Ming, then go alone, simplify the ritual, please don’t bring your family. Abide by MCO,” Wee told DayakDaily.

Wee who is also president of Kuching Hokkien Association said there are three to four Hokkien cemeteries which are under the management of the association.

He said, there will be no uniformed personnel such as Rela to man the traffic at the cemeteries this time around.

“If anyone insists on going, there will be no Rela personnel at the cemeteries. So I would advise all, we can celebrate it at home,” Wee stated. —DayakDaily