SIBU: The Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 16 will be held in Sibu this year.
The riverine town that is home to the longest river in the country, the Rajang River, will be hosting it for the first time and the people are excited.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had announced the celebrations would be held here.
Last year’s celebration was in Kuching.
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting said Sibu was honoured to be chosen to host the national celebration for Malaysia Day.
“SMC will work closely with the national organising committee to make this event a success.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will have safety measures in place during the event to protect the people from infections,” he said.
“As we celebrate, we must all be mindful and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP),” added Ting.
Sibu Kenyah Uma Baha Women’s Association chairman Umie Liau said it was a special event and as such, the people felt honoured the town was chosen to host it.
She said with the SOP in place, it would be a safe event for all.
“I hope the celebration will include activities such as cultural performances by local ethnic groups including the Dayak, Orang Ulu, Kenyan and Kayan.
“This is a chance to showcase our cultural diversity to a wider audience.”
Sarawak Dayak Iban Association Rajang branch chairman Bill Jugah said he was happy Sibu was selected.
“As the pandemic is not over yet, I hope precautions will be taken at the event,” he said.