Mass gatherings affected

SIBU: A number of large-scale gatherings here have either been postponed or cancelled following the declaration by World Health Organisation (WHO) that the Covid-19 outbreak is now a pandemic.

The decision to either postpone or cancel events was made by the organisations in the interest of public health.

The annual joint reunion dinner of old students of Sacred Heart Secondary School and St Elizabeth Secondary School, which was slated for March 28, has been cancelled.

The event usually attracts more than 1,000 old students from both schools.

Table tickets had already been sold out but because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the organiser decided to cancel the event.

It is traditionally held close to Ching Ming Festival, where locals working outstation would come back to pay respects to their departed loved ones.

The Kidney Run 2020 by Sibu Kidney Foundation (SKF) was also cancelled. It was supposed to take place yesterday.

“In light of the uncertainties surrounding the outbreak of Covid-19, SKF chairman Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau Lee Ming has decided to fully cooperate with the Health Ministry’s announcement that all group activities be suspended from now, ” a statement from SKF said.

SKF advised participants who had paid the entry fees to collect their T-shirt and medal from its office during office hours.

SKF expressed regret over any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and hoped the public would continue to support the foundation.

Nirvana Alliance Sdn Bhd, the country’s largest bereavement services company, postponed its annual Star Award, which had been initially set for last Saturday.

The award ceremony recognises its agents from Sibu and Kota Kinabalu for their outstanding sale of burial plots.

A spokeswoman from the company said they would decide later on the new date for the award.

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