KUCHING: Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) urges it’s members and the Dayak Community to adhere with Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and conditions given during this year’s Gawai Celebration in the amidst of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sarawak.
Its President Tan Sri William Mawan anak Ikom said, SDNU are in parallel with SDMC Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on matters regarding SOPs for Gawai celebration including, it should be celebrated for only one day.
“We also concur with SDMC’s condition that the attendance at such celebrations including Gawai celebration will be limited to close family members numbering not more than 20 at one time.
“We also understands that there are eagerness for the people to rush home for Gawai Celebration however, inter-district travel in Sarawak are only allowed with written police permission.
“For the safety and health of our families, relatives and friends, we should tone down the usual Gawai Celebration activities and stick to traditional practise of miring but skip the celebration part,” said Mawan in a statement, Friday.
For those with better internet access, Mawan has suggested that they can utilise video calls to communicate with families and relatives.
Mawan also advised those Christians celebrating Gawai to observe social distancing while having the Gawai Eve prayers.
“Always put on face mask, sanitise as well as washing their hands regularly,” he added.