TYT: Cel­e­brat­ing Aidil­fitri in the ‘new re­al­ity’ a time for re­flec­tion

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KUCHING: Hav­ing to cel­e­brate Hari Raya Aidil­fitri in a very dif­fer­ent way this year be­cause of the Covid-19 pan­demic should give Sarawakian­s time for re­flec­tion, said Head of State Tun Pe­hin Sri Ab­dul Taib Mah­mud.

He said the speed with which the virus spread forced the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to en­force the Move­ment Con­trol Or­der (MCO) and Conditiona­l Move­ment Con­trol Or­der (CMCO).

Taib said be­cause of that the peo­ple have to com­ply with the CMCO and the ad­vice to stay at home this Hari Raya, and also com­ply with the terms and con­di­tions set by the state au­thor­ity and the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

“In view of the pan­demic, we have to cel­e­brate our Hari Raya in ac­cor­dance with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion or as recog­nised by the world as the ‘new re­al­ity’ that has ex­isted as a re­sult of the Covid-19 pan­demic.

“I be­lieve, the way we cel­e­brate our Hari Raya in a sit­u­a­tion like this, needs us to see how we all can en­joy to­gether as a peo­ple of Malaysia, who have achieved so much suc­cess and pros­per­ity,” he said in his Aidil­fitri mes­sage.

He said amidst all the in­con­ve­niences caused by the pan­demic, ev­ery­one should feel proud for con­tribut­ing to the level of de­vel­op­ment and progress, unity and good re­la­tion­ships be­tween the peo­ple of var­i­ous eth­nic groups, re­li­gions, and be­liefs.

Taib pointed out that at one time the per capita in­come of Sarawak was only RM4,000 and this has jumped ten­fold to RM40,000, so the peo­ple should thank God for His grace in en­abling a rise in the stan­dard of liv­ing.

“I be­lieve the peo­ple will con­tinue to sup­port the present gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg, who will con­tinue to move for­ward and turn Sarawak into a de­vel­oped state and high in­come econ­omy.

Touch­ing on the Aidil­fitri SOPs, which among oth­ers only al­lows fes­tive vis­its among neigh­bours and rel­a­tives re­sid­ing in the same state, with gath­er­ings not al­lowed to ex­ceed 20 peo­ple at any one time, Muhyid­din ex­plained that these SOPs were guided by the prin­ci­ples of the Maqasid Syariah (goals and ob­jec­tives of Syariah).

“To pre­serve life, we have to sac­ri­fice some of our tra­di­tions or norms so as to pre­vent in­fec­tion I am re­mind­ing and ad­vis­ing ev­ery­one, dis­cuss with fam­ily mem­bers and rel­a­tives as to whom should be al­lowed to visit and when they come vis­it­ing, en­sure they prac­tise so­cial dis­tanc­ing, and avoid ‘salam’ (hand­shake greet­ings) and body con­tact. Pro­tect our aged par­ents and grand­par­ents as they are more vul­ner­a­ble to in­fec­tion.

It is al­right if we do not get to ‘salam’, hug and kiss our grand­par­ents this time. It is not that we do not love them, but it is be­cause we love them that we re­frain from body con­tact,” he said.

The prime min­is­ter ad­vised the pub­lic to en­sure their homes are cleaned up im­me­di­ately af­ter host­ing guests, and also to re­frain from vis­it­ing graves, a norm dur­ing Hari Raya.

“All these are im­por­tant so that we can cel­e­brate Aidil­fitri and at the same time pre­vent the spread of Covid-19 once the fes­tive hol­i­days are over. I men­tion all these be­cause in sev­eral other coun­tries, the out­break got worse dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons.

“We need to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing in our coun­try, so let us take all pre­cau­tions now so that we can be safe later on. As the proverb goes, ‘Se­sal dahulu pen­da­p­atan, se­sal ke­mu­dian tiada berguna’ (there is no use cry­ing over spilt milk),” he said.


— ber­nama photo

PRICE CON­TROL SCHEME: a trader shar­ing a light mo­ment with a cus­tomer at the kubah ria Wet Mar­ket in Sa­tok, kuching yes­ter­day in con­junc­tion with the launch­ing of the hari raya aidil­fitri and hari gawai 2M2M Max­i­mum Price Con­trol Scheme.

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