KUCHING, May 31: Use social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram to stay connected with family members this coming Gawai, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
Although the “ngabang” (visiting) tradition cannot be carried out this year, he said there can still be small gatherings among close family members by adopting the ways of Gawai celebrations like last year.
Like the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations recently, he said the Gawai Dayak this time would also be different as the Covid-19 pandemic goes on, thus it is the shared responsibility of everyone to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP).
While the federal and State governments have introduced several financial aid packages such as the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) to help alleviate the people’s burden, he urged the people to cooperate with the government by registering themselves for vaccinations.
“I would like to appeal to those who have not registered for the Covid-19 immunisation programme to sign up soon.
“Registration can be made through the MySejahtera application or at the nearest district offices.
“This action is important so that we can be free from the epidemic and our lives can return to normal as soon as possible,” he said in his Gawai Dayak message today.
In conjunction with the Hari Gawai starting tomorrow (June 1), Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development wished the Dayak community a blessed and enjoyable Gawai. — DayakDaily