Sarawakians staying put in peninsula during CNY


SARAWAKIANS working or studying in other states have taken the advice of Chinese-based associations and decided to remain where they are instead of flying home for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration.

The advice came from Sibu Division Chinese Community Leaders Association, United Chinese Association of Sibu, Federation of Seven Clans Association as well as Sibu

Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Sibu Division Chinese Community Leaders Association chairman Temenggong Vincent Lau said they urged Sarawakians to not come back for the lunar new year in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

“This is the best measure to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect their families and friends, ” he said.

A Sibu native who works in Kuala Lumpur as a property sales executive, Pearly Leong, agreed with the associations.

“People should not fly back to Sarawak for the new year as the high number of Covid-19 cases in the peninsula is very worrying.

She said if she returned to her hometown now, she would have to observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine which was troublesome.

“This will be the first time I will not be celebrating Chinese New Year with my son and family in Sibu.”

Her 14-year-old son is studying in a private international school in Sibu.

A lawyer who wished to be known only as Ting, said he had advised his daughter in Kuala Lumpur not to come back for the lunar new year.

His daughter is married with two children.

Every year, her whole family would spend about five days in Sibu to celebrate Chinese New Year with her parents.

“I have advised her not to fly home this year because of the pandemic. She agreed, ” said Ting.

A junior account executive working in Johor, Samantha Chua, 24, said she would also stay put in the peninsula for the festival.

“For safety reasons, it is better not to fly back to Sibu at this point in time, ” she said. — By ANDY CHUA

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