Sarawak cancels Gawai celebrations

Sarawak state-level Gawai celebration. (The Star Pic)

By Jack Lapidus

THE Sarawak government has cancelled its annual state-level Gawai Dayak celebrations this year in view of the current Covid-19 situation.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the decision was made after considering that the Covid-19 curve has not shown much signs of going down, DayakDaily reported.

“There will be no state-level Gawai Dayak celebrations this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

He said what is crucial now is to make sure that everyone stands united to fight the infectious disease.

“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 time.

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

He also reminded the people to continue observing the Movement Control Order (MCO) in order to flatten the curve of Covid-19.