KUCHING: Sarawak will host the Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 16 for the second year in a row.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the celebration would be held in Sibu with the theme 'Malaysia Prihatin', or 'Malaysia Cares', in recognition of the nation's effort against the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the same theme would be used in the National Day celebration on Aug 31.
"The word Malaysia reflects all Malaysians from different walks of life coming together to overcome Covid-19.
"A special mention goes to the frontliners who have worked hard in the fight against the pandemic," he said when launching the theme and logo here on Friday (July 10).
Saifuddin said the theme also encompassed the government's initiatives to assist the people during this time, including the Prihatin economic stimulus package.
He said the accompanying logo's heart shape symbolised a caring government while its red and white stripes, crescent and 14-point star were inspired by the Jalur Gemilang.
"In the run-up to National Day, the National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign will be launched in Putrajaya and state capitals on July 28.
"Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no parade on National Day this year but RTM will broadcast a special programme to celebrate the occasion," he said.
Meanwhile, state Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi said Sarawak had requested to host the celebration again this year.
"We thank the Federal Government for choosing Sarawak to be the host again," he said.
Rundi said Sibu was selected as last year's Malaysia Day celebration was held in Kuching while the coming Sarawak Day on July 22 would be celebrated in Miri.
He added that the celebration would be held in a hotel for invited guests only in order to maintain crowd control and social distancing.
"We have chosen the Kingwood Hotel but this has yet to be finalised. Its normal capacity is 2,000 people, so the number of guests could be half or two-thirds of that," he said.
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