Taib’s ‘Hari Gawai’ advice to village, longhouse chiefs


KUCHING – Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud (picture) has called on village and longhouse chiefs in the state to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 SOPs by people under their care during the Hari Gawai celebration tomorrow.

The elderly, especially, should be protected from the disease, he said in his message in conjunction with the annual thanksgiving harvest festival.

“Hari Gawai can be celebrated annually, but we cannot replace lives lost due to our recklessness,” he said.

Taib said the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the people’s plans to make the traditional return to their villages to celebrate the festival as the state comes under total lockdown from tomorrow like the rest of the country.

He said the festival cannot be celebrated in the usual manner as gatherings and visits are prohibited, but that is the reality the people have to face.

In KUALA LUMPUR, National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique also called on the people celebrating Hari Gawai to strictly observe the SOPs to ensure their welfare.

“Stay United, Stay Safe, Stay at Home,” she said in her message extending greetings to the people of Sarawak.

Halimah said she hoped that Hari Gawai will bring good fortune to the people in Sarawak, the Land of the Hornbills.