Hari Gawai in Sarawak should be celebrated only on the first day and no large gathering, Senior Minister reminds

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Gawai Festival Sarawak Malaysia Borneo

Putrajaya: In conjunction with Hari Gawai in Sarawak tomorrow, Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reminded the people to celebrate it only on the first day with 20 people present at any one time from the same family and the nearest neighbour.

“The COVID-19 infections have changed the way to prepare and celebrate the festival. We have to adapt ourselves with the new norms and ensure self regulation is consistently practiced to curb the pandemic,” Ismail said in his daily press conference held here today.

In another development, Ismail reminded the state football association not to have their own standard operating procedure (SOP) to start with the training sessions with the players instead they must wait until the federal National Security Council makes its decision.

“If the state football association continues with the training session then they are breaching the Act 342 and could be legally charged.

“We are not sure whether the CMCO will end on June 9 but the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) can make an appeal to the government and at the meantime they can prepare the SOP.

“I will discuss with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Reezal Merican Naina Merican on the Malaysian Football League and so on while the dates of the championship will be decided by the Special Ministers’ Meeting on the Implementation of CMCO,” Ismail reiterated.


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